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1 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Presentation Prepared for 2008 Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week June 22nd – June 28th Saving Lives Through Lessons Learned

2 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Why Study Near Misses? 1 Serious Accident 15 Major Accidents 300 Near Misses 15,000 Observed Worker Errors 1Tragic Opportunity to learn Opportunity to learn 300 Survival Stories Opportunities to learn

3 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Program Overview - Voluntary - Confidential - Non-punitive - Secure - Web based - Free

4 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System All Hazards Reporting System No statute of limitations on reporting. Reports reviewed and coded by fire service professionals.

5 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Definition 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.

6 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Near Miss; Sometimes spectacular…

7 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System …sometimes mundane

8 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Program Goals Prevent 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.

9 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Why 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.

10 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System What 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.

11 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Program Development Focus groups helped develop the reporting form and the Web site. 38 departments beta tested the Web site from May thru August Web site launched nationally at Fire-Rescue International in August Averaging 40 reports submitted per month. Multiple confirmed changes of practice recorded.

12 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Home Page Screen

13 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Resources Page

14 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Demographics Questions Seven questions about the reporter (title, years of fire service experience, department type, etc.)

15 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Event Questions Eight questions about the event (type, cause, etc.)

16 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Event Description Describe the event in your own words. Use the memory joggers for help

17 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Lessons Learned Describe the lessons learned.

18 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Spell Check

19 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Optional Contact Information Providing your name and contact information is optional. Reports can be submitted anonymously without contact information.

20 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Post Submission Screen Once a report is submitted, the reporter can view a list of reports similar to his/her report.

21 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Search Reports Screen Search reports submitted from others.

22 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Sub-Event Type & Keyword Search

23 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Keyword Search

24 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Near-Miss Report Trail Step 1: Firefighter submits report Step 2: Reviewer # 1 Reads report De-identifies report Codes report Sends to Reviewer # 2 Step 3: Reviewer # 2 Reads report Returns for posting Step 4: Report is posted (Original report destroyed) Step 5: Fire service reads and learns from near-miss experiences

25 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Department Type

26 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Event Type

27 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Contributing Factors August 2007

28 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Job or Rank Paid, MunicipalVolunteer Firefighters32%35% Company Officers43%24% Chief Officers25%41% August 2007

29 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Age at Time of Event August 2007

30 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Experience at Time of Event August 2007

31 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Reflex Time-Event to Report August 05 to July 06August 06 to July 07 Within 24 Hours14% 1 day to 1 month60%55% 2-6 months20%19% 7 months to 1 year+6%12% August 2007

32 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Get involved Encourage your members to file reports. Even if the event occurred in the past, a firefighter can benefit. Add to your organizations website.www.firefighternearmiss.com Promote use of the system through communications to your members. Contact for materials and strategies to get your members interested in near-miss

33 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System For more information Visit –Read the FAQ section. –Use the Contact Us on the Home Page Call the Near-Miss Office Project Managers –Amy Hultman, , x364 –John Tippett, , x367 To receive a Report of the Week via , please e- mail with the word Subscribe in the subject

34 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System This project is funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Securitys Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Firemans Fund Insurance Company provided matching funds for 2004 and The project is supported by Chief Billy Goldfeder of FirefighterCloseCalls.com in mutual dedication for firefighter safety and survival.

35 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System The 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.

36 The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System If 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?

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


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