9. Fatality, Near-Miss Investigation

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Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near-misses.

How many firefighters are killed in the U.S. each year? Nearly 100. And in 2012, the National Fire Protection Association estimated that more than 69,000 firefighters were injured on the job. The NFPA believes that their estimate is accurate to +/- 6.5%. This is a projection, not an actual number – we’re really not sure how many firefighters were injured in 2012. We don’t truly know how many actual injuries there were, and we certainly have no idea how many near-miss (or near-hit) incidents occurred.

Initiative #9 asks us to learn from our mistakes—the only way to do this is to thoroughly investigate every near-miss, significant injury or fatality.

Latest Initiative 9 News

  • Strategic Vision Helps Ensure Firefighter Safety and Enhance Service To help fire departments around the nation adopt the 16 initiatives, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has created a new handbook, The Strategic Vision Guide: An Action Plan Using the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
  • Lessons Learned from Virginia Near Miss On May 25, 2008, seven Loudon County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department personnel were injured – four firefighters nearly died in the line-of-duty and three others suffered injuries while battling a 2-alarm house fire on Meadowood Court in Leesburg. Following the fire, two extensive examinations of fire operations in Loudon County occurred, to include a DOLI review and citation.
  • Giving Courage – A Conversation with Chief Michael Smith Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the Foundation will feature additional footage to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies.
  • Giving Courage – A Conversation with Chief James Strain Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the Foundation will feature additional footage to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies.
  • Giving Courage – A Conversation with Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo (Ret.) Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will feature additional footage from the documentary to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies.
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  • Powerful words about painful events Twelve chiefs representing every type of department –metropolitan and rural, career, volunteer and wildland – share the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death.
  • The Human Element: Revisiting the Lessons of the Esperanza Fire Staff rides date back to the 1800s, when military leaders began taking soldiers on tours of places where significant battles or military actions were likely to occur. Later, the staff ride evolved to involve visiting places where battles or campaigns had occurred, and it has since become a key training tool in the military and now public safety.
  • The Ongoing Impact of 9/11 and World Trade Center Illnesses Fourteen-years later, buildings have been rebuilt, memorials established and remembrances held. The fire service continues to honor the 343 in numerous ways, including the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs. We have upheld our promise to never forget.
  • Resolve to reduce line of duty deaths for the New Year The most important element in firefighter safety is you, the firefighter. Join the NFFF in reducing firefighter injuries and lowering the number of LODDs each year to below 50.