Factors that contribute to preventable firefighter deaths

Current Issues & Events - April 26, 2018

Eighty to 100 firefighters die in the line-of-duty each year, in most cases from either cardiovascular events or traumatic injury. Researchers recently looked at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) firefighter fatality reports to try to identify factors that tended to contribute to preventable line-of-duty deaths.

Key finding: Firefighters who worked in departments without SOPs for respirator fit testing, PPE, recruit fitness testing, communications equipment, vehicle maintenance, mayday operations or incident command were more likely to have lack of training or experience implicated in the fatality.

Learn more about the factors that contribute to preventable line-of-duty deaths, and request a free copy of the research article, by visiting the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov.

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