The U.S. Forest Service has released its 2016 ranking of the top 50 U.P. firefighting cities for the year, which it says includes cities with a total of 692 firefighting fatalities.
The number of firefighters killed in 2016 was more than double that of the previous year, but the total number of deaths was down from 7,936 in 2015.
The most common cause of death for firefighters was heat exhaustion, followed by dehydration, heart disease, and respiratory disease, according to the report.
Firefighting in 2016 ranked as one of the most dangerous occupations, with more than 4,000 people killed, according the report, which was released Tuesday.
The report also shows that in the U.K., where the average firefighter’s annual pay is $40,000, the number of fatalities in 2016 exceeded the total fatalities in 2015 by about 15 percent.
The Forest Service said the number-one-ranked city for firefighter deaths was Manchester, England, with 2,085 fatalities.