National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System; Untapped Resource

Have you heard about the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System (NMRS)? Have you used the NMRS Reports, or submitted a near miss event? Did you know there is a wealth of resources available on the NMRS web site or that there is a Report of the week that is published weekly?
If not, this is a great opportunity to learn about this national fire service program.
The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive and secure reporting system with the goal of improving fire fighter safety.
Submitted reports will be reviewed by fire service professionals. Identifying descriptions are removed to protect your identity. The report is then posted on this web site for other fire fighters to use as a learning tool.
Have you submitted a near-miss event? If not, Why Not?
The reporting system is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The program was originally funded by DHS and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
There are three main goals:
1. To give firefighters the opportunity to learn from each other through real-life experiences;
2. To help formulate strategies to reduce the frequency of firefighter injuries and fatalities; and
3. To enhance the safety culture of the fire and emergency service.
Fire fighters can use submitted reports as educational tools. Analyzed data will be used to identify trends which can assist in formulating strategies to reduce fire fighter injuries and fatalities. Depending on the urgency, information will be presented to the fire service community via program reports, press releases and e-mail alerts.
Why should I submit a near-miss report? A near miss experienced by a firefighter can improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of everyone who is made aware of it. Reporting your near-miss event to will help prevent an injury or fatality of a firefighter. Near-miss reporting has worked effectively in other industries, especially aviation, since team members have more knowledge. Industries using near-miss reporting systems have lower injury rates and fewer worker fatalities.
Take the time to browse through the NMRS web site and familiarize yourself with the content, resources and information available to you.
Realize that the resource center and the near-miss reports are all formulative and can very easily support training drill development, just in time training, table-top discussions, scenario based exercises and review discussions with company, staff or command officers and all station or company personnel.
NMRS Resource Section, HERE
Near-Miss Reporting Form example, HERE
Got a Near-Miss Report to Submit?
Click the link here for a direct link to the NFNMRS
Frequent Questions:
Taking it to the Streets, Blogtalk radio on (link here)
Taking it to the Streets presented a great program originally aired on Wednesday March 16th , 2011 where we discussed the National Near Miss Reporting System and program with Chief Steve Mormino, NMRS Program Advisor past Chief with South Farmingdale (NY) Fire Department and retired Lieutenant , FDNY. Download this exceptional program from iTunes or here
Taking it to the StreetsTM is a monthly radio show featured on BlogTalk Radio and is hosted by nationally renowned fire service leader Christopher Naum, a  36-year fire service veteran and highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer and  the distinguished leading  national authority on building construction and fire ground operations.  Taking it to the StreetsTM is a Series and Production,   © 2011 All Rights Reserved 
Taking it to the Streets: Near Miss Reporting and One Captain’s Close Call
The program was produced from the Live Broadcast on March 16th, 2011
Taking it to the Streets: Near Miss Reporting and One Captain’s Close Call
On Your Street, In Your City, Across the Country, Around the WorldTM
The line-up of Program guests included, Lt. Steve Mormino, FDNY (ret), Captain CJ Haberkorn Denver (CO) Fire Department and Special Guest Captain Michael Long, Camp Taylor (KY) Fire Protection District.
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a special two part, two hour program with Taking it to the Streets on where we’ll be discussing the National Near-Miss Reporting System and the untapped resources that the program and system provides with Christopher Naum and this outstanding group of fire service leaders. The second part of the program will dedicated to the personal account of Captain Long’s Close Call event from July 25, 2010 (NMR #10-1072) when a catastrophic floor collapse at a residential occupancy plunged him into a fire involved basement.
Check out the latest downloads of recent programs in the archives by visiting Taking it to the Street’s webpage on or for program insights at    
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Taking it to the StreetsTM, radio program hosted by highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer Christopher Naum, continues to provide provocative insights and dynamic discussions with leading national fire service leaders and guests on important issues affecting the American Fire Service with applications internationally within the tradition and brotherhood of the Fire Service.
Taking it to the StreetsTM, is a Series and Firefighter Production, in affiliation with the Command Institute
National Fire Fighter Near Miss Reporting System’s Support for the 2011 Safety Week
Don’t forget to go to the National Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System for  number of exceptional training aids, resources, PPT and more. NFFNMRS, HERE
Here are some of the National Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System Programs that were produced for this year’s 2011 Safety HERE
For more information on the NMRS: Rynnel Gibbs
Near Miss Reporting System Advisory Board
  • Dennis Smith, Chairman, First Responders Financial Co. (Chair of Advisory Board)
  • Jim Brinkley, Director of Occupational Health and Safety, International Association of Fire Fighters.
  • Alan Brunacini, Fire Chief
  • Linda Connell, Director, NASA/Aviation Safety Reporting System
  • I. David Daniels, Fire Chief/CEO, Woodinville Fire and Rescue (WA)
  • Gordon Graham, Graham Research Consultants
  • William Goldfeder, Deputy Chief, Loveland-Symmes Fire Dept. (OH)
  • Manuel Gomez, Chief, City of Hobbs Fire Dept. (NM)
  • Bill Halmich, Fire Chief, Washington Fire Dept. (MO)
  • Christopher Hart, Vice Chair, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Mark Light, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Ed Mann, State Fire Commissioner, Office of the PA State Fire Commissioner
Take a look at the NMRS Partners, HERE
As a Company or Command Officer you have an obligation to capture your department’s near-miss events and contribute to the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System data base so the fire service can learn from each event with the objective that they are not repeated or escalate into something more severe or significant in terms of injuries or line of duty death events.