ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of on-duty firefighter deaths in America declined sharply last year.
Sixty-four firefighters died on the job last year. That's down from 97 the previous year when two tragic fires for 28 deaths.
The annual average number in late 90s was more than 100, but that average has fallen to 83.
South Georgia fire officials say that's still too high. But South Georgia fire officials say that shows training saves lives.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of firefighters. It's been published that they are 400 times more likely to die performing their duties than any other occupation," said Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe.
Chief Rowe say because of the inherent danger in their job, firefighters train daily on safety.