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Slide 1: 

Presentation Prepared for Date Saving Lives Through Lessons Learned

Why Study Near Misses? : 

Why Study Near Misses? 1 Serious Accident 15 Major Accidents 300 Near Misses 15,000 Observed Worker Errors 1 Tragic Opportunity to learn 300 Survival Stories Opportunities to learn

Program Overview : 

Program Overview - Voluntary - Confidential - Non-punitive - Secure - Web based - Free

All Hazards Reporting System : 

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

Definition of a Near Miss : 

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.

Near Miss; Sometimes spectacular… : 

Near Miss; Sometimes spectacular…

…sometimes mundane : 

…sometimes mundane

Program Goals : 

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 reducethe number of firefighter injuriesand fatalities. Foster a safety-focused culture that recognizes errors as aninherent part of human behavior.

Why Share Near-Miss Experiences? : 

Why Share Near-Miss Experiences? To share lessons learned with firefighters on a national scale. To prevent another firefighterfrom getting injured or killed. To identify patterns ininjury-producing behaviors. Aviation industry found that sharing near-misses improved overall safety.

What is being done with the collected information? : 

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 issueswith equipment.

Program Development : 

Program Development Focus 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.

Home Page Screen : 

Home Page Screen

Resources Page : 

Resources Page

Demographics Questions : 

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

Event Questions : 

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

Event Description : 

Event Description Describe the event in your own words. Use the memory joggers for help

Lessons Learned : 

Lessons Learned Describe the lessons learned.

Spell Check : 

Spell Check

Optional Contact Information : 

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

Post Submission Screen : 

Post Submission Screen Once a report is submitted, the reporter can view a list of reports similar to his/her report.

Search Reports Screen : 

Search Reports Screen Search reports submitted from others.

Sub-Event Type & Keyword Search : 

Sub-Event Type & Keyword Search

Keyword Search : 

Keyword Search

Near-Miss Report Trail : 

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

Department Type : 

Department Type 2006 2007

Event Type : 

Event Type 2006 2007

Contributing Factors : 

Contributing Factors August 2007

Job or Rank : 

Job or Rank August 2007

Age at Time of Event : 

Age at Time of Event August 2007

Experience at Time of Event : 

Experience at Time of Event August 2007

Reflex Time-Event to Report : 

Reflex Time-Event to Report August 2007

Get involved : 

Get involved Encourage your members to file reports. Even if the event occurred in the past, a firefighter can benefit. Add www.firefighternearmiss.com to your organization’s website. Promote use of the system through communications to your members. Contact nearmiss@iafc.org for materials and strategies to get your members interested in near-miss reporting.

For more information : 

For more information Visit www.firefighternearmiss.com. Read the FAQ section. Use the “Contact Us” on the Home Page Call the Near-Miss Office Project Managers Amy Hultman, 703-273-9815, x364 John Tippett, 703-273-9815, x367 To receive a “Report of the Week” via e-mail, please e-mail nearmiss@iafc.org with the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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This 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.

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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.

Slide 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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