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1 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Fire Fighter Fatalities Learning From the Past Saving Lives Through Lessons Learned

2 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Fatalities per Incident Although the number of firefighter fatalities has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, the incidence of firefighter fatalities per 100,000 incidents has actually risen. Despite: Improvements in PPE and Equipment Better Access to Information Better Command Procedures and Communication

3 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Who Are We Losing? 57 % - Volunteer and Combination Departments 33% - All Career Departments 8% - Wildland Firefighters Statistics

4 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Who Are We Losing? 60%-Rank of Firefighter 15% - Company Officers 13% - Chief Officers 97% - Male 3% - Female Consistent with Demographics 59%- Over Age Statistics

5 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System How Are We Losing Them? Age 41 and Older – Majority Medical Causes Under 21 – 70% Fatalities from Trauma Age – Fatalities Evenly Divided Between Burns/Asphyxiation, Trauma, and Medical Statistics

6 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Fatalities by Type of Duty 71% Fatalities Occur on or Enroute to Fireground 29.9% Involved in Extinguishment 18% Enroute or Responding 11.9% Suppression Support such as Ventilation, Overhaul, or Ladders 5.9% Other Duties on the Scene 5.1% Rescue Activities 3% Fatalities Occurred on EMS calls 50-80% Of Call Volume Majority involved MVA

7 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Training Fatalities 6% Of Annual Fire Fighter Fatalities 31% Occurred During Physical Fitness Training 30% During Apparatus or Equipment Drills 17% Involved Live Fire Training

8 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Training Fatalities 54% Due to Heart Attack 31% Trauma Related

9 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Motor Vehicle Accidents 22% Of Annual Fire Fighter Fatalities ( Statistics) 26% Involved POV (Responding to Incident) 19.5% Tanker 13.8% Engine/Pumper 21.9% Involved Aircraft (Wildland Related)

10 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Type of Fatal Injuries 43.9% Cardiac Arrest / Heart Attack 27% Trauma 15.8% Burns / Asphyxiation

11 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Current Statistics 2007 – 118 Fire Fighter LODD 2008 – 114 Fire Fighter LODD

12 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System More Information United States Fire Administration National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health National Fallen Firefighters Foundation National Fire Fighters Near-Miss Reporting System International Association of Fire Chiefs

13 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Questions?


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