National Safety Culture Change Initiative report

A study of fire and emergency service cultural aspects that contribute to occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities.
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National Arson Awareness Week May 3-9, 2015

This year’s theme is Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC) – Sniffing Out Arson.

USFA has gathered information about these motivated, accelerant detection animals that demonstrates their value to a community and how using an ADC can close more cases and act as an arson deterrent.

Visit the ADC site.
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Spring cleaning for fire safety

Tip: Remind residents to replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.

Use this handout to encourage residents in your community to clean up home clutter, check appliance electrical cords, clean dryer vents, test smoke alarms, and practice a home fire escape plan.

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Fire risk in 2011

Fact: In 2011, adults age 50 or older had a greater relative risk of dying in fires than the general population.

The risk from fire is not the same for everyone; it is more severe for some people. This report looks at why different groups in the United States have have an increased fire risk.

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America's PrepareAthon! Be Smart. Take part. Prepare.

National PrepareAthon! Day is April 30

Help prepare your community for hazards like wildfires and winter storms by participating in National PrepareAthon! Day.

Visit the PrepareAthon! website for activity ideas and strategies to promote your day of action.

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National Fire Academy updates

Train with the best to be the best: NFA application period is open Apply for free training by June 15

Featured course:
Empowering Responder Wellness (Q0381)

This free, online self-study course teaches you how to attain and sustain a healthy lifestyle. You will learn about opportunities that can benefit your personal health and enhance safety and survivability both at work and home. Read the course description.

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Training calendar

April 15
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June 10-12
National Professional Development Symposium
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Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium

National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

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    How to calculate fire loss in NFIRS using the International Code Council’s Building Valuation Data formula.

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Featured: Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Fire Is Everyone’s Fight is a national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to lower the number of home fires and home fire injuries in America. Along with USFA and partner organizations across the country, the fire community is speaking out with a unified message of fire prevention and safety to the public. The goal is to change how people think about fire and fire prevention using social marketing strategies to address the broadest possible audience.

Learn how you can join Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Curtis E. Nordsick, Fire Police Lieutenant
Wrightsville Steam Engine & Hose Company #1, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Andrew “Andy” Zalme, Captain
Dakota City Fire Department, Dakota City, Nebraska
Raymond Araujo, Inmate Firefighter
CAL FIRE, Sacramento, California

27 on-duty fatalities reported in 2015.

87 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

Civilian fatalities

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home fire fatalities reported in 2015.

41 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for April 12-18.


compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - April 18, 2014.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 27 percent of all fatalities.

New York leads the nation in reported fatalities with 60.

A message to PIOs on the 2015 wildfire season from @BLMNIFC, represented by USFA's Aitor Bidaburu — Apr. 10