Please read the post from 10/22/11 first “Facts over Fiction”. Part I of this post discussed information that is either misconstrued or falsified to push an agenda. Chapter II will break down why some of it is Fire Service error.
Do you use Firefighter Near Miss, National Fire Incident Reporting System or some other data collection service? If not, why? Without a collection of reports with the truth we are only setting each other up for failure.
One of the 16 FLSI (Everyone Goes Home) is to setup a National reporting system that all departments can use. This should be changed to Shall Use. Without proper data collection we will continue to make mistakes, have statistics that are flawed and ultimately have those who will make up their own numbers for the “agenda”. Professional sports keep ever single stat imaginable on the players. Why? THE TRUTH! Some get bonuses for hitting a goal or record, some have to maintain certain levels of play. Yet those who have lives in their hands worry more about counting ever alarm or service call to keep their run numbers high to show their worth. These same types will not take five minutes to fill out a near miss to show they made a mistake, why and how to prevent someone else from doing it. (The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and NFPA are the two main sources of information concerning Line Of Duty Death, the NFFF is where the Everyone Goes Home program comes from.)
We claim no two fires are the same. Since this is very true then no two errors or situations are the same. But wouldnt it help emmensly if someone reported what happened to them so you can learn from it? If you f-up, own it! If you get hurt, own it! Let others learn from your misfortune. Over six reports in the firefighter near miss database we entered by myself. One time I f-ed up, once I got hurt doing something preventable by command, a report was filed by me for someone else. Three were related to live trainings that didnt get anyone hurt but were close calls.
OK so I chastised some of you right? Well it’s not always the firefighters fault. Is department policy keeping you from telling your story? Do they not want anyone to know? Most systems are anonymous. Even NIOSH reports, which go through LODD’s with a fine tooth comb keep it clean, respectable and only report the findings. Those findings are only the truth or the facts, never hearsay.
When I’m out presenting my introduction to EGH, I have a slide with the following stats. “From the late “70s to the present the amount of fires we run is down 50%, with civilian fire death down 40%. Yet each year around 100 Firefighters loss their lives on duty.” The point is to show we don’t fight as much fire and the public is getting better. (Since the late 1970′s Fire Prevention has made a huge difference). If these stats are wrong please tell me. I got mine from the United States Fire Administration. I trust what they say. If they have it wrong it is because the Fire Service didn’t do their part to make the numbers accurate.
Now to heat up this conversation. Survivabilty Profiling. It is not new, to some it may be. I was fortunate to learn about within a year of finishing my inital Firefighting education. We were taught by doing a proper size up based on certain critical factors, you could charge your resources to the most critcal areas with the highest chance of viable life. Sounds like the top line of our mission statement “risk a lot to save a lot.” A lot meaning my life for a life, not a corpse. My idea with this paragraph is not to discuss SP. The point I want to make is do we have empirical data to prove or disprove Survivabilty Profiling? Can we say that 9 of 10 times if fire is showing from a window the occupant is deseaced? What about 83% of the time a window has charring the victim inside it is alive but not alert? The answer is NO! We cannot have data like that because no situation is the same. But what we can do is report every single incident, every single injury, every single near miss. Their are some extremely smart people out there with amazing software and databases that can put it all together to make sense out of it. This can at least give us an idea of what is actually going on out there.
I get my facts from credible sources not DragonSlayerEngine15Truckie@firecommunity.fire Get your hands on the reporting systems that are legit. Help those that get all their “expertise” from the chat rooms by putting out REAL numbers. I bet those numbers show that most LODD’s come from over weight, outta shape, under trainied Firefighters who got themsleves into situations they were not able to handle