S. Korean firefighters more prone to die on the job

Staff shortages and lack of command structure cited as reasons by top fire boss


Philippines News Agency

SEOUL — South Korea has seen a higher death rate among its firefighters than Japan or the United States over the past five years, data showed Thursday, prompting calls for more systematic responses to disasters.

According to the data compiled by the National Emergency Management Agency, an average of seven firefighters died each year between 2007 and 2011, marking 1.85 deaths out of every 10,000 firemen.

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