Thursday, September 08, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

Today's Thursday Thirteen offers up some numbers. I think you'll see the connection by the time I'm done.  The numbers pertain to the United States and the first sets of numbers were tabulated in 2009

1. 3,010 - the number of deaths by fire

2. 1,348,500 - the number of fires

3. 17,050 - the number of civilian injuries caused by fire

4. $12,531,000,000 ($12.5 billion) - property loss by fire

5. 26,534,000 - the total number of calls to 911 for assistance

6. 50 - the average weight of a firefighter's gear (helmet, coat, boots, gloves)

7. 25 - the average weight of a firefighters SCBA gear (oxygen, breathing mask)

8. 75 - the average weight in pounds that a firefighter carries when rushing into a burning building

9. 24 - 30 - the average length in feet of a fire truck

10.  107 - the number of floors in New York City's World Trade Center's largest building

11. 8:50 a.m. on 09/11/2001 - the time an incident command was established by firefighters after a plane flew into the World Trade Center building. The first plane hit at 8:45 a.m.; firefighters were on the scene and entering the building within five minutes of the attack.

12. 9:59 a.m. on 09/11/2001 - the time the first building collapsed at the World Trade Center

13. 343 - the number of firefighters who lost their lives when both towers collapsed on 09/11/2001.

I am the wife of a firefighter. These people go out every day and risk their lives to save people. When you are running away in fear of your life, these people are running in to help you. Whether it's flood, tornado, fire, hurricane, downed powerlines, or a sore toe, when you call 911, these people come.

On the upcoming 10th anniversary of the attack on New York City, please remember the sacrifices of these brave men and women.

Thank you.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 207th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday


  1. 8 surprised me My friend is getting ready for the Southern Firefighters picnic in Carolina she is sec'ty

  2. God bless our firefighters! Thanks for sharing this list.

  3. I am the wife of a firefighter too! I remember exactly where I was when the first tower fell, and I cried for the firefighters' families. I'd love to copy and repost your Thursday Thirteen, with your permission, and link my blog back to yours. Please let me know if that's OK with you.


  4. Wow, when you actually see the numbers of people hurt by fire it's stunning. I'm sure glad we have fire fighters. Thanks.

  5. Got a shiver. Many are probably sick from the toxic dust too. Yesterday I was thinking about your last name and how it has fire in it!

  6. May those who perished rest in peace. God bless the firefighters and their families. You must be very proud of your husband. A hero, wow.

  7. That's why I have so much respect for fire fighters.

  8. Awesome post! Our firefighters and other emergency personnell are our true heroes.

  9. Thank you for a wonderful list.

  10. My father was a volunteer firefighter when I was growing up. I always admired him for doing that, particularly when I had to consider he did it without any pay, and while enduring the politics which inevitably arise within such frameworks.

    A very moving post.

  11. Thank you for sharing this. Seeing the numbers and information really brings it all home.

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  12. Wonderful and amazing!

    Have a great Thursday!

  13. Wow! I would never have guessed these numbers.
    Thank you for posting this. And thank you to these brave men and women for being prepared to lay it on the line every day.

  14. Nice tie-in with 9/11, and you are right that we need to remember firefighters every day for all they do to keep us safe.

    Happy TT!

  15. What a nice post! Thanks for sharing the info and thanks to your husband for being willing to place his life on the line as part of his vocation.

  16. A profound post. Our mayor just announced millions of dollars in cuts, one of which is no new fire or police stations in the next couple years, despite the need in new neighborhoods where response times are outrageous.

  17. Gov. Rick Perry cut the budget for fire prevention in Texas even though they had terrible fires two years ago and are prone to it. Now look. I think they lost a thousand homes already and it's still raging. There aren't enough shelters and people are sleeping in parking lots. This is the guy who claims that government is too big. Now he wants help from FEMA and is screaming that Obama is not responding fast enough. Perry is the front runner for the Republican nomination. Pretty scary.

  18. Great post. It is amazing how the firefighters, police and military sacrifice for all of us every day. God bless them all.

  19. Great List!! So meaningful. You
    got it soo right!!


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