The 2008 Annual Report from the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System has been released. 590 reports were posted, an increase from the 477 in 2007. A total of 2,149 reports have been posted to the site since 2005.
Some interesting data from the 2008 Annual Report are:
Firefighters and Company Officers account for a total of 68% of reporters by Job/Rank
FEMA Region III (District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia) had the most reporters by Region, 130
Greatest range of experience at time of event was 0-3 years (84) followed closely by 17-20 years (74) and 7-10 years (73)
Greatest age range at time of event was 43-51 years of age (173)
Fire accounted for nearly half of the Event Type (48%) while Training and Non-Fire each accounted for 15%. Vehicle was 14%
67% of those reporting the incident were involved in the event
Three Greatest Contributing Factors:
Situational Awareness 285
Decision Making 246
Human Error 216
Three Least Contributing Factors:
Could this (the near-miss) happen again?
What is even better for us to digest and learn from is the Callback Data. Approximately 90% of the reports submitted included contact information, allowing for additional research by the Near-Miss staff. “Unsafe Acts” and “Preconditions to Unsafe Acts” account for 79% of the Root Cause of Event.