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About The Near Miss Reporting System

What is the Near Miss Reporting System?
The Near Miss Reporting System is an integrated learning environment that assists fire department personnel in turning shared lessons learned into actions that are applied. Through the program, fire fighters and EMS personnel can share their near miss experiences in the field in a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive and secure way. They are also able to find training resources, gleaned from the collected real-world experiences, that help responders apply the lessons learned and leading safety practices in their own departments.
What is a near miss?
A near-miss event is defined as an unintentional unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in an injury, fatality, or property damage. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage.
What is the Near Miss Mission?
To turn lessons learned into lessons that are applied by contributing to the common knowledge pool relating to operational safety and injury prevention, ultimately improving safety and saving lives.
Why Submit a Near Miss Report?
Research shows that for each job-related death, there are thousands of similar incidents that either resulted in injury or for which injury or death were narrowly avoided. By sharing your real-world experiences from the field, you are contributing to a lager knowledge pool of data and action from which training can be developed that will, ultimately, reduce line-of-duty-deaths.
What happens once a report is submitted?
Each report is reviewed by a fire service Subject Matter Expert (SME) who removes any identifying information to protect submitters’ identities and analyzes the report for safety hazards. The report is then published and may be used to develop training materials such as Report of the Week.
How is the Near Miss Reporting System funded?
The Near Miss Reporting System was developed and is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), a non-profit organization that represents the leadership of the fire and emergency service. The program is currently funded by the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program.
How has the Near Miss Reporting System evolved?
The Near Miss Reporting System was originally launched in August 2005 as a means for fire fighters to share their near miss stories and learn from others. Near Miss has continuously evolved over the years and produced a number of training materials to include calendars, in-person training sessions, podcasts, table-top scenarios, and more. With the advent of new technologies and social media, the Near Miss Reporting System expanded its services in 2014 to offer a wider variety of on-line training materials, such as the scenario-based training simulation and video segments that training officers can tailor to meet their department’s training objectives.