Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday Thirteen #360

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.

Today's Thursday Thirteen offers up some numbers. I think you'll see why I have given you these today.  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.

On the anniversary of the 09/11/2001 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 360th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Bryce and Liam were playing Firemen yesterday with firemen hats on. It was a good chance to talk about fires.

  2. OMG! I can't believe I forgot what today was. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Some staggering statistics for the day. Here's another I saw this morning on GMA: Heart attacks account for almost half of all firefighter deaths. No doubt a result of years of carrying all that heavy equipment coupled with the stress of the job. Let's hear it for first responders! Mine: Late Bloomers


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