Funding for near-miss reporting system set to expire
IAFC is working with program partners and others to save cache of data compiled by responders
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WASHINGTON — Tuesday, the IAFC was notified that the federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program funding that supported the internationally acclaimed National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System was not renewed. The system, which has become a staple in local fire department's daily safety resources, national data collection and college-level fire sciences class curriculum, will be cut off as soon as Friday, September 28. The IAFC is working with program partners and others to save the cache of data compiled by responders throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"When the IAFC started this program, we were creating something completely unique that took on firefighter line-of-duty deaths head-on and at their root," said Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC president and chairman of the board. "At the time, we didn't know if it would work, but we took the risk because we believed that chiefs and front-line responders, working collectively, could make a difference. It's unfathomable that now that we have proven results, the peer reviewers didn't believe in it."