View from the Street * December 2014

By Eric Reddeck, NFFF * Everyone Goes Home Advocate, HRFSOC@cox.net

In 2014, Killed in the Line of Duty by all causes was 108 Police Officers (an increase of 16%), 84 Firefighters, 5 EMS, and at least 14 Towers did not go home to their families. Agencies can reduce the injuries and deaths by setting  goals and improve safety.  

The first GOAL of every agency should be that Everyone Goes Home.

A few questions for your agency year-end review that will help set goals are: 

How many times did your agency leader have safety on the staff meeting agenda?
Does your agency meet OSHA and industrial standards?
How many injuries, job-related illness and deaths did your agency  have in 2014?  
How many employees had to leave the job due to injuries or illness?
How many employees retired due to injury or illness that were job-related?
How much did injuries, illnesses and deaths cost your agency?
How much did your agency spend on safety, health and accident prevention?
National list of BEST Practices for 2015 GOAL that EVERYONE GOES HOME
NFFF Everyone Goes Home   http://www.everyonegoeshome.com
TIM Network    http://timnetwork.org/
FHWA Traffic Incident Management http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/tim.htm
Responder Safety Learning Network    http://learning.respondersafety.com/
NFFF Fire Learning Network     http://www.fireherolearningnetwork.com/
IACP * Police Officer Safety  http://www.theiacp.org/CenterforOfficerSafetyandWellness
Towing and Recovery Association of America      http://www.towserver.net/
Safe Highways   http://www.safehighways.org/
TIM NETWORK  Facebook    National Traffic Incident Management Coalition
IAFF Health, Safety, Medicine   http://www.iaff.org/hs/index.htm
NFPA 1500 Health and Safety    http://www.vfis.com/documents/NFPA1500.pdf
VFIS    http://www.vfis.com/additional-materials-downloads.htm

Police Officers   108   http://www.odmp.org/search/year/2014?ref=sidebar
Firefighters        84   http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
EMS                      05   http://www.nemsms.org/notices.htm
Towers                 14  http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org

Eric Reddeck   hrfsoc@cox.net
NFFF Everyone Goes Home Advocate  http://www.everyonegoeshome.com

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