The U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has awarded a $989,068 grant to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to continue managing and expanding the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System.
The program, popularly recognized as www.firefighternearmiss.com, is a firefighter safety data collection and resource site entering its third year of operation. It has collected over 1,800 reports since its inception.
“The firefighter near-miss reporting system continues to gain favor among a growing number of firefighters across the country because of its concerted efforts to share information and promote safety,” said IAFC President Steven P. Westermann. “Let none among us be ashamed to share information about events that have occurred in our departments only to witness that the withheld information cost another firefighter his or her life.”
Dennis Smith, fire service author, hailed the award as a milestone for firefighter safety. He serves as chair to the advisory board that oversees the near-miss system.
“The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is just one of the many shining stars of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program,” he said. “I am proud to be associated with this program and extremely happy to hear that DHS has recognized the value of the program to firefighters by funding it for another year.”
For more information on the system, visit www.firefighternearmiss.com.