Our Mission Begins with You

Our mission is to reduce firefighter and EMS provider injury and death by helping the fire service apply local lessons globally.

Near Miss is an International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)-managed program that collects and shares firefighter near-miss experiences. The program was generously begun in 2005 with grants from the Department of Homeland Security and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. Contact us at nearmiss@iafc.org or 703-273-0911 to learn more.

How We Do It

Anonymous Submissions

We provide you with the means to anonymously share your near miss stories via an intuitive online reporting tool and share them out with the entire fire service.

Dynamic Training

We develop training materials based on the near miss stories we collect.

Data Analytics

We compile data and look for trends to identify emerging hazards and advocate for firefighter safety.

A near miss event is defined as an unintentional unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in an injury, fatality, or property damage if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events.

"A near miss, like any error, is an opportunity to examine how mistakes are made and what changes might prevent them."
NYT, May 28, 2013

Danielle Ofri, MD, Phd, NYU

Frequently Asked Questions

A near miss event is defined as an unintentional unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in an injury, fatality, or property damage if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events.
The mission of the Near Miss reporting System is to reduce firefighter injury and death by helping the fire service apply local lessons globally.
By reporting near misses, other firefighters, EMS providers, and command staff are granted the opportunity to learn from situations experienced by their peers from across the country. Those who report near misses through this system play an active role in contributing to the safety of others in the emergency services community.
On average, it takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete a report. This depends on the complexity of the event and the level of detail the reporter is willing to provide.
Each report is reviewed by two separate fire service Subject Matter Experts who remove any identifying information to protect submitters’ identities and analyze the report for safety hazards. The report is then published and may be used to develop training materials such as Report of the Week. This process may take up to a week, unless they require more extensive review.
Any information you can provide will be helpful to the extent that you share a “lesson learned” or have a “tip” for others. The system allows you to skip any questions by just jumping ahead to those you are willing or able to answer.
You do not have to enter information in order to access information, so feel free to use our search function to seek out others’ reports related to various incident types, etc.
The Near Miss Reporting System is publicly accessible to all. Keep in mind that before an incident/event gets posted it is vetted (reviewed) by a panel of fire service subject matter experts to ensure the validity and anonymity of reports.
The Near Miss Reporting System is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), a non-profit organization that represents the leadership of the fire and emergency services, for the benefit of the entire Fire Service. The program is funded by grants, contracts, and revenue generated from any sales of training modules.
The Near Miss Reporting System has full-time staff that works in Fairfax, Virginia as well as Subject Matter Experts from across the United States who are contractual part-time partners with the Near Miss program.
Contact Us
Near Miss Operates from IAFC at 4025 Fair Ridge Dr Fairfax VA 22033
Phone: 703-273-0911

   
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Near Miss is an International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)-managed program that collects and shares firefighter near-miss experiences. The program was generously begun in 2005 with grants from the Department of Homeland Security and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.
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