USFA, IAFC partner on firefighter behavioral study

Emmitsburg, MD – The U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are partnering on a study to identify behaviors that negatively affect firefighter safety and health.

Led by IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section, researchers will examine both individual and organizational behaviors, and develop mitigation strategies for behaviors found to adversely affect firefighters, according to a USFA press 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 the release.

In 2011, 83 U.S. firefighters were killed on the job (.pdf file), the lowest yearly number on record, according to USFA.

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