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National Public Safety Agenda

The NORA Public Safety Sub-Sector includes corrections, emergency medical services, firefighting and law enforcement.

The NORA Public Safety Council produced the National Public Safety Agenda to address occupational safety and health issues for public safety workers after evaluation of surveillance data, expert and practitioner input, and public comments. The NORA Public Safety Sector included over 3.5 million employees and volunteers in 2011.

On any given day, public safety workers may respond to emergency calls including criminal acts, structural fires, and traumatic injuries. In some cases, they enter uncontrolled environments to rescue potential victims. These duties increase their risks for traumatic injuries and fatalities and place them in contact with biological, chemical, physical and psychosocial hazards that are associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic disorders

The Council made relatively minor revisions in preparation for adding goals related to wildland fire fighting. Comments on the Agenda are always welcome; they will be considered in future updates of this agenda. Information on wildland firefighting is of particular interest to the Council. You may submit correspondence by email to

National Public Safety Agenda – March 2013 [PDF – 234 KB]

Contact the NORA Coordinator if you have any questions:

Sidney C. Soderholm, PhD
NORA Coordinator