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NIOSH Program Requests Fire and Emergency Service Input on LODD Investigations Comments Due by July 22

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) is looking for fire and emergency service input on factors beyond the physical environment, which can lead to firefighter injuries and line of duty deaths (LODDs).

The NIOSH is requesting information to ascertain:

  1. the public's interest and need for NIOSH to incorporate human factors considerations into LODD investigations;
  2. specific human factors elements that should be considered;
  3. methods that can be employed during investigations to collect, analyze, and document this information through reliable quantitative and qualitative approaches; and
  4. ways to incorporate human factors findings and recommendations into reports without placing blame on fire departments or firefighters.

Comments may include communication, team dynamics, psychological stress, and safety culture, and how these factors impact decision making during a fire response. The FFFIPP program will use any comments to apply a holistic lens into the causes and prevention of fire service LODDs.

IAFC members are encouraged to read the request for information and provide comments by July 22, 2024.

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