Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Survival Zone

Implementing a Firefighter LODD/Injury/Near Miss Investigation Program

Issue 01 and Volume 166.

By MICHAEL TEAGUE For the past several years, firefighter line- of-duty deaths (LODDs) have remained fairly constant. In addition, approximately 70,000 firefighter injuries occur each year.1 The National Fire Protection Association estimates that each firefighter injury costs an average of $50,000; the total cost of firefighter injuries and deaths is more than $2.6 billion. In 2004, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the United States Fire Administration developed the 16 Life Safety Initiatives. The goal was to halve the number of firefighter LODDs by 2014. Although some progress has been made, it appears unlikely that this goal will be met. The reasons for the lack of progress are unclear at this point. To identify the causes of firefighter injuries and LODDs, Life Safety Initiative #9 states that all LODDs, firefighter injuries, and firefighter near misses should be thoroughly investigated. Most LODDs are investigated, whether by the National Institute for Occupational…

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