The independent newsletter, The Secret List, celebrates its twentieth year of bringing forward issues ignored or not talked about involving firefighter injury and death.
What began as a work-related hobby for Chief Billy Goldfeder in the 1970s developed into a way for the fire service to examine its safety culture and near-miss incidents.
Decades later, clipped news items mailed between a handful of firefighters has become The Secret List, a robust email group of over 300,000 subscribers worldwide, accompanied by the FirefighterCloseCalls.com website, all with a mission of reporting and examining firefighter close-calls and near-misses to ensure everyone goes home.
Site managers present submitted near-miss stories in a way that focuses on facts but never blames or embarrasses the firefighters involved. Instead, they use the incident to promote change in order to inform and instruct so the near-miss won’t happen again to someone else.
Chief Goldfeder’s top recommendations after so many years collecting such information stresses the basics we all should know and be doing:
- Avoid contaminates.
- Drive safely.
- Train every day.
- Stay fit.
- Get mental health support.
You can submit close call/near-miss stories, sign up to receive the Secret List emails, and navigate to other firefighter safety and health sites through the FirefighterCloseCalls.com site. Congratulations to Chief Goldfeder and his team, and here’s to another 20 years!(Source: FireRescue1)