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1 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System What Is Our Future? Saving Lives Through Lessons Learned

2 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Past, Present, and What May Be Firefighter LODD Firefighter LODD What Will Change This Future? 2009 – 6 LODD in January

3 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Do We Really Want To Change? Top 10 dangerous jobs The occupations with the highest fatality rates in Occupation Deaths per 100,000 workers Fishermen141.7 Pilots87.8 Loggers82.3 Steel workers61.0 Refuse collectors41.8 Farmers and ranchers37.1 Power linemen34.9 Roofers33.9 Drivers27.1 Agricultural workers21.7 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics FF LODD 7.8 per 100,000 (Very Rough Estimate)

4 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Where to Start? 43.9% Cardiac Arrest / Heart Attack 27% Trauma (18% Responding to Scene) 15.8% Burns / Asphyxiation

5 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Life Altering Changes Number 1 Killer of Firefighters is Heart Attack Firefighters, as a group, are more likely than other American workers to die of a heart attack while on duty. (5X) Solutions: Physical Fitness Heart Healthy Diet Annual Health Screenings

6 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Wildland Firefighters Very Strict Physical Fitness Requirements Only 7% Heart Related Fatalities

7 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Motor Vehicle Accidents Apparatus Operator Training –Emphasis on Safety Obey Traffic Laws Drive As If Its a Matter of Life and Death – It Is! (Volunteer FF Driving Safety) Wear Seat Belts

8 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Fireground Fatalities Practice Sound ICS Procedures Safety Officer RIT/RIC Personnel Accountability No Freelancing Sound Risk vs Benefit Decisions

9 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Need a Plan? 16 Fire Fighter Life Safety Initiatives Everyone Goes Home

10 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Think Globally / Act Locally Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time Initiative Number 4: All Firefighters Must be Empowered to Stop Unsafe Practices. Create Ownership of Your Personnels Safety

11 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Initiative Number 9 Thoroughly Investigate all Firefighter Fatalities, Injuries, and Near-Misses. Submit Near-Miss Reports Utilize Near-Miss Resources to Improve Fire Fighter Safety In Your Department

12 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Near-Miss Reporting The benefits are many, the cost is nothing and the return on the investment is great.

13 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System If we continue on the current LODD/injury path, the fire service will experience At Least 1000 fatalities and 1,000,000 injuries in the next ten years. If not now, when? If not us, who? The Future?

14 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Questions? Comments? Whatever It Takes!


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