About

Our mission is to reduce firefighter and EMS provider injury and death by helping the fire service apply local lessons globally.

How we do it:

• We provide you with the means to anonymously share your near miss stories via an intuitive online reporting tool and share them out with the entire fire service.

• We develop training materials based on the near miss stories we collect.

• We compile data and look for trends to identify emerging hazards and advocate for firefighter safety

A near miss event is defined as an unintentional unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in an injury, fatality, or property damage if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events.

HOW CAN YOUR NEAR MISS REPORT HELP OTHER FIRE/EMS PERSONNEL?

By reporting these near misses, other firefighters, EMS providers, and command staff are granted the opportunity to learn from situations experienced by their peers from across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events. 

What is the mission of the Near Miss Reporting System?

The mission of the Near Miss reporting System is to reduce firefighter injury and death by helping the fire service apply local lessons globally. 

Why should fire and EMS personnel (also referred to herein as “reporters”) share their near miss experience?

By reporting near misses, other firefighters, EMS providers, and command staff are granted the opportunity to learn from situations experienced by their peers from across the country. Those who report near misses through this system play an active role in contributing to the safety of others in the emergency services community.

How long does it take to submit a report?

On average, it takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete a report. This depends on the complexity of the event and the level of detail the reporter is willing to provide. 

What happens when a report is submitted and how quickly will a report be posted on the www.nationalnearmiss.org website?

Each report is reviewed by two seperate fire service Subject Matter Experts who remove any identifying information to protect submitters’ identities and analyze the report for safety hazards. The report is then published and may be used to develop training materials such as Report of the Week. This process may take up to a week, unless they require more extensive review. 

Do reporters need to include all of the details of the incident?

Any information you can provide will be helpful to the extent that you share a “lesson learned” or have a “tip” for others.  The system allows you to skip any questions by just jumping ahead to those you are willing or able to answer.

Can reporters search on other incidents related to a topic of concern?

You do not have to enter information in order to access information, so feel free to use our search function to seek out others’ reports related to various incident types, etc.

Who has access to the Near Miss Reporting System?

The Near Miss Reporting System is publicly accessible to all.  Keep in mind that before an incident/event gets posted it is vetted (reviewed) by a panel of fire service subject matter experts to ensure the validity and anonymity of reports.  

How is the Near Miss Reporting System funded?

The Near Miss Reporting System is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), a non-profit organization that represents the leadership of the fire and emergency services, for the benefit of the entire Fire Service. The program is funded by grants, contracts, and revenue generated from any sales of training modules.

Who is the Near Miss Reporting System staff?

The Near Miss Reporting System has full-time staff that works in Fairfax, Virginia as well as Subject Matter Experts from across the United States who are contractual part-time partners with the Near Miss program.