USFA, IAFC Plan to Study Risk Taking Behaviors

The USFA and IAFC have teamed up to identify behaviors that negatively impact firefighter health and safety.

The study, which will be led by the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section, will focus on individual and organizational behaviors and how to develop strategies to mitigate them, according to a news release.

"There is a fundamental need for this type of research that promotes positive behaviors and effectively leads to the further reduction of firefighter fatalities and injuries," IAFC President and Chairman of the Board Chief Hank Clemmensen said in a statement.

Officials say that organizational leadership and personal responsibility are critical in creating the culture change needed in the fire service to promote firefighter safety.

"This study will promote a stronger health and safety culture in the fire service, advocating for organizational leadership and personal responsibility to reduce on-duty fatalities and injuries," U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell said.