Fire Prevention Week: October 5‑11

“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” is this year's theme

Conduct a smoke alarm awareness campaign in your community with our free materials

National Fire Academy

Featured course:
Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities (R0614)

If you have responsibility for Wildland Urban Interface risk reduction operations in your agency, this course is for you. Learn how to develop a community coalition to create a fire-adapted community and how to create a community wildfire protection plan.

Jan. 18-23, 2015 | Mar. 22-27, 2015 | Aug. 2-7, 2015

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October 15
Second Semester Application Period Opens
December 15
Second Semester Application Period Closes

National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) is the world's largest, national, annual database of fire incident information. Participating fire departments report over 22 million incidents and over 1 million fires each year.

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Documenting casualties on an NFIRS report Here's how to document firefighter and civilian casualties

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New program helps fire departments plan for older adult fire safety

A new program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USFA is available to fire departments and other community organizations to help plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older adults. The “Fire-Safe Seniors” program uses home assessments, smoke alarm installation, education and follow-up to ensure a comprehensive approach to fire prevention. A free toolkit is available to help you implement the program.

Older adults are 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. The risk worsens as we age. People ages 85 and older are 4.6 times more likely to die in a fire.

Campus fire safety

USFA reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to keep college students safe from on- and off-campus housing fires. Explore these materials to learn more about discussing fire safety with students, their parents, and campus housing administrators and staff.

Home electrical fires report PDF 597 KB

Residential building electrical fires resulted in greater dollar loss per fire than residential building nonelectrical fires for the period 2009-2011. Download this topical report to review important findings about these fires and explore their characteristics.

Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety

Approximately 25 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities occur each year while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes. Vehicle collision is the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.

Recent releases

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Allen Westby, Firefighter
East Islip Fire Department, East Islip, New York
Anthony “Tony” Lynn Grider, Captain
Campbellsville Fire-Rescue Department, Campbellsville, Kentucky
John Derek Gupton, Firefighter
Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Spring Hope, North Carolina

64 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

106 on-duty fatalities reported in 2013.

Civilian fatalities

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year-to-date for 2014

19 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for September 21‑27


compared to fatalities reported by U.S. news media as of this date in 2013

New York leads the nation in reported fatalities with 108.

January is the leading month for fatalities.

Fire Prevention Week is approaching fast! FREE outreach materials for your fire department’s use at — Sept. 15

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