Emergency Vehicle Response Near Misses

Most organizations wait until a death or serious injury occurs, and then decide to look at their program to avoid that specific event from ever occurring.


As drivers, we should be evaluated on the "close calls" or "near misses." It is in this evaluation process that an organization can determine how close "statistically" they are to having a serious or fatal crash. The theory depicted below illustrates this point, but a bit of an explanation is necessary. Looking at the pyramid, you see the top number is one. This represents a death or major property loss. For every one death that occurs, there are roughly 100 serious injuries or significant property loss. For every one death that occurs, there are roughly 1,000 treatable injuries or minor property loss. For every one death, there are roughly 10,000 near misses.

Most organizations wait until a death or serious injury occurs, and then decide to look at their program to avoid that specific event from ever occurring. Fact is, this event will probably never occur again, but the circumstances that caused the event will. Organizations need to be proactive and look at the near misses or close calls. By reducing the number of near misses, the statistical chance of having a serious or fatal event decreases. Why? Because by looking at the near misses, you begin to see the reason for both the near miss and potentially fatal incidents. attitude and education can begin to change these behaviors. It is in this change of behavior that drivers will begin to value their role, and understand that it is completely within their grasp to arrive safely or not.