FIRE FIGHTER FATALITY INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM

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The United States depends on about 1.1 million fire fighters to protect its citizens and property from fire. Approximately 336,000 are career fire fighters, 812,000 are volunteers, and 80 to 100 die in the line of duty each year.

To address this occupational hazard, the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths.

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SAFETY ADVISORY!

1st page of NIOSH numbered document 2021-117

The NIOSH FFFIPP team investigated a fatality where fireground communications using portable radios were hindered by past experience with the volume-power knob free-wheeling to off or low volume. This may have prevented a Mayday from being communicated by the fallen firefighter. Read more about the risks of free-wheeling radio volume-power knobs and available solutions.

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Phase in a mandatory comprehensive wellness and fitness program for firefighters.

Page last reviewed: September 9, 2021