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Survey evaluation of the fire fighter fatality investigation and prevention program.

Wassell-J; Peterson-K; Amandus-H
NOIRS 2008-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, October 21-23, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2008 Oct; :F4.4
Introduction: In the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP), NIOSH conducts investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths to formulate recommendations for preventing future deaths and injuries. This evaluation was conducted to assess the effects of these recommendations on safety knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of fire fighters and to identify strategies for improvement. Methods: During spring 2006, a Fire Department Survey was mailed to the Fire Chiefs of a stratified random sample of 3,000 fire departments across the country. The sample included the following specific groups: all 208 fire departments that had experienced a FFFIPP investigation as of December 31, 2003; a random sample of 215 fire departments where a fire fighter fatality had occurred but no FFFIPP investigation had been conducted; the 10 largest fire departments (by size of the protected population); and a stratified random sample of 2,575 fire departments where there had not been a fatality as of December 31, 2003. The survey consisted of 62 items related to standard operating procedures, standard performance requirements, fire fighter training, communication of safety practices and investment in safety equipment. Results: The overall response rate for the survey was 54.9%. Most officers surveyed were familiar with NIOSH and have read a FFFIPP report; over half were not familiar with the FFFIPP investigation program itself. Fire department officers learn about FFFIPP recommendations primarily through NIOSH mailings, trade publications, and websites. NIOSH recommendations have been used by some 11,000 fire departments to update the content of their training programs. Conclusions: The kinds of fire departments that most likely follow NIOSH's safety guidelines are career fire departments in large, urban jurisdictions in the Northeast. The most common recommendation from the survey is for improvements in the ways FFFIPP materials are disseminated and marketed.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Fire-fighters; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Statistical-analysis; Training; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Surveillance
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NOIRS 2008-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, October 21-23, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania