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1Saving Lives Through Lessons Learned Presentation Prepared for 2008 Fire/EMSSafety, Health, andSurvival WeekJune 22nd – June 28th
2Opportunities to learn Why Study Near Misses?1TragicOpportunity to learn1 SeriousAccident300Survival StoriesOpportunities to learn15 Major Accidents300 Near MissesFocus on fact that near misses offer 300 more opportunities to improve safety versus one serious accident. Near misses are typically less painful and tragic than serious accidents or fatalities.15,000 Observed Worker Errors
4All Hazards Reporting System No statute of limitations on reporting.Reports reviewed and coded by fire service professionals.
5Definition of a Near Miss unintentional, unsafe occurrence.could have resulted in an injury, fatality or property damage.Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or property damage.
8Program GoalsPrevent injuries and protect the lives of other firefighters by providing a central repository for lessons learned.Collect information which can assist in formulating strategies to reduce the number of firefighter injuries and fatalities.Foster a safety-focused culture that recognizes errors as an inherent part of human behavior.
9Why Share Near-Miss Experiences? To share lessons learned with firefighters on a national scale.To prevent another firefighter from getting injured or killed.To identify patterns in injury-producing behaviors.Aviation industry found that sharing near-misses improved overall safety.
10What is being done with the collected information? Members of the fire service community are learning from other firefighters.Officers are using reports in training drills.Fire service community will receive bulletins, program reports and alerts depending on the urgency of the information collected.Training academies are incorporating near-miss reports in building curriculum.Fire service associations are using reports as part of an improved emphasis on safety to their members.Manufacturers will be notified when reports are received regarding performance issues with equipment.
11Program DevelopmentFocus groups helped develop the reporting form and the Web site.38 departments beta tested the Web site from May thru August 2005.Web site launched nationally at Fire-Rescue International in August 2005.Averaging 40 reports submitted per month.Multiple confirmed changes of practice recorded.
12Home Page ScreenInstructor is encouraged to visit website and print off sample reports to distribute.
19Optional Contact InformationProviding your name and contact information is optional. Reports can be submitted anonymously without contact information.Stress that contact information is optional.Reviewers may call reporter to complete review.
20Post Submission Screen Once a report is submitted, the reporter can view a list of reports similar to his/her report.
21Search Reports Screen Search reports submitted from others. Users can fill drop downs with home department characteristics to create department profile. Reports yielded will indicate near-miss occurrences for similar department structures.
31Reflex Time-Event to Report August 05 to July 06August 06 to July 07Within 24 Hours14%1 day to 1 month60%55%2-6 months20%19%7 months to 1 year+6%12%August 2007
32Get involvedEncourage your members to file reports. Even if the event occurred in the past, a firefighter can benefit.Add to your organization’s website.Promote use of the system through communications to your members.Contact for materials and strategies to get your members interested in near-miss reporting.
33For more information Visit www.firefighternearmiss.com. Read the FAQ section.Use the “Contact Us” on the Home PageCall the Near-Miss Office Project ManagersAmy Hultman, , x364John Tippett, , x367To receive a “Report of the Week” via , please with the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.
34This project is funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company provided matching funds for 2004 and 2005.The project is supported by Chief Billy Goldfeder of FirefighterCloseCalls.com in mutual dedication for firefighter safety and survival.
35The project is administered by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in consultation with the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Task Force. The project is endorsed by IAFC, International Association of Fire Fighters and the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section of the IAFC.
36If we continue on the current LODD/injury path, the fire service will experience 1000 fatalities and 1,000,000 injuries in the next ten years.“If not now, when?If not us, who?”