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Interviewing-Interrogation Techniques and Courtroom Testimony (R0208)

If you have full-time responsibility for fire/arson and explosion investigation or prosecution, this course is for you. We will teach you how to conduct legally-supported interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects and provide you with the skills needed for courtroom testimony preparation and presentation. Read course description.

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October 15
Second Semester Application Period Opens
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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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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:

Eddie Johnson, Jr., Fire Chief
Alton Fire Department, Alton, Missouri
Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, Pilot
CAL FIRE, Sacramento, California
Kevin Bell, Firefighter
Hartford Fire Department, Hartford, Connecticut

68 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

106 on-duty fatalities reported in 2013.

Civilian fatalities

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year-to-date for 2014

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


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

New York and Pennsylvania lead the nation in reported fatalities with 112.

January is the leading month for fatalities.

Fire & codes officials: crop mazes pose special fire/egress risks. See NFPA 1 Sec.10.15.11 for info to keep your community safe. — Oct. 16

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