Near-Miss Reporting System Aims to Improve Fire
March 10, 2006 - As a participating member of the
National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System Task Force, the
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) encourages its
members to help improve fire fighter safety by sharing near-miss
experiences so that all fire fighters and emergency responders can
help prevent unnecessary injuries and fatalities.
Ironically, improvements in personal protective
gear, equipment and training are putting fire fighters at greater
risk. Fire fighter injury and fatality statistics have steadily
increased over the last 15 years when compared to a decrease in the
number of structure fires.
Modeled after the Aviation Safety Reporting System,
the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is funded by
grants from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to
Firefighters Grant Program and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
and managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
The goal of this voluntary, confidential and non-punitive reporting
system is to improve fire fighter safety by collecting, sharing and
analyzing near-miss experiences that can assist in developing
strategies to reduce the number of fire fighter injuries and
A near miss
is defined as an unintentional unsafe occurrence that could have
resulted in an injury, fatality of property damage. Only a fortunate
break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or
IAFF members can submit reports using one of three
The IAFC has developed a National Fire Fighter
Near-Miss Reporting System Program Kit available
online here and includes instructions for submitting a report, sample reports
and information on how to get involved, as well as downloadable
reporting forms, PowerPoint presentation and other resources that
can be printed, copied and shared.
In addition, the IAFC distributes a “Report of the
Week” every Friday highlighting a near-miss report and a series of
follow-up discussion questions. To subscribe, email
firstname.lastname@example.org with the
words “Subscribe-IAFF” in the subject line.
For more information, visit