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1 Saving Lives Through Lessons Learned National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Location DATE Annual Report

2 Overview The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is a voluntary, confidential, non- punitive and secure reporting system with the goal of improving firefighter safety.

3 All Hazards Reporting System No statute of limitations on reporting. Reports reviewed and coded by fire service professionals.

4 When Things Go Wrong... How It Is Now...How It Should Be... You are humanYou are highly trained and If you did as trained, you would not make mistakes Humans make mistakes so You werent careful enough Lets also explore why the system allowed, or failed to accommodate your mistake so You should be PUNISHED!Lets IMPROVE THE SYSTEM! and so and

5 What is 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 Program Goals Provide an opportunity for firefighters to share experiences which can help prevent injuries and protect the lives of other firefighters. 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.

7 Firefighter Fatality and Injury Statistics There have been an average of 100 fatalities and 100,000 injuries per year since These statistics have essentially increased over the last 15 years due to the decline in the number of structure fires. Improvements in PPE, equipment and training have created a Catch-22. Better protection, aggressive tactics, lighter weight construction and improved handling capabilities of heavy apparatus are putting firefighters at greater risk. Non-fatal firefighter injuries and prevention efforts cost anywhere from $2.8 billion to $7.8 billion per year. (NIST Report on Consequences of Fire Fighter Injuries – 2005)

8 The Near-Miss Connection 1 Serious Accident 15 Major Accidents 300 Near Misses 15,000 Observed Worker Errors 1 Opportunity to learn Opportunity to learn 300 Opportunities to learn

9 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 Experience of Others Aviation industry found that sharing near-misses improved overall safety. Medical Industry experiencing reduction in patient errors. Military seeing reduction in injuries and errors.

11 Who can submit a report and does it need to be a recent experience? Any member who is involved in, witnesses, or is told of a near-miss event. There is no statute of limitations. All reports contain valuable information.

12 Home Page Screen

13 Demographics Questions Seven questions about the reporter (title, years of fire service experience, department type, etc.)

14 Event Questions Eight questions about the event (type, cause, etc.)

15 Event Description Describe the event in your own words. Use the topic suggestions for help

16 Lessons Learned Describe the lessons learned. Use the topic suggestions for help

17 Optional Contact Information Providing your name and contact information is optional. Reports can be submitted anonymously without contact information.

18 Search Reports Screen Search reports submitted from others.

19 How the reporting system works: Near-Miss Report Trail

20 2006 Reports by Department Type

21 2006 Reports by Job/Rank

22 2006 Reports by FEMA Region

23 2006 Reports by Age* *of Reporter

24 2006 Reports by Experience* *of Reporter

25 2006 Reports by Event Type

26 2006 Reports by Event Participation

27 2006 Reports by Hours into shift

28 2006 Reports by Contributing Factors

29 2006 Reports by Loss Potential

30 What is being done with the collected information? Officers are using the reports in drills. Training academies are incorporating near-miss reports in building curriculum. Fire service associations and publications using reports as part of improved emphasis on member safety. Analysis beginning to determine if any patterns are evident that could lead to new/improved training techniques. Equipment failures are being documented and investigated to identify if failure is product failure or human error.

31 Report of the Week Weekly featuring a report & follow-up questions. Provides ready-made drill. To receive the Report of the Week, with the word Subscribe-AR in the subject line.

32 Get involved Encourage the members in your command to file reports. Even if the event occurred in the past, a firefighter can benefit. Add to your My Promote use of the system by printing off reports to use as safety briefings. Contact for materials and strategies to get your members interested in near-miss

33 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, , x. 364 –John Tippett, , x. 367 To receive a Report of the Week via , please e- mail with the word Subscribe-AR in the subject

34 This project is funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Securitys Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and Firemans Fund Insurance Company. The project is supported by Chief Billy Goldfeder of in mutual dedication for firefighter safety and survival.

35 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 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?

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