National Safety Culture Change Initiative

National Safety Culture Change Initiative20160425_FEMA FF Culture

U.S. Fire Administration

FA-342/April 2015, PDF file, 38 pages

Controlling and extinguishing hostile fire comes at a great cost to human life and secondarily at great financial expense. Despite improvements in personal protective equipment (PPE), apparatus safety devices, more availability of training, greater emphasis on firefighter health and wellness, and decreases in the number of fires and dollar loss due to fires, the rate of on-duty firefighter death and injury has remained relatively unchanged in the past four decades.

The National Safety Culture Change Initiative (NSCCI) project is a joint partnership of the U.S. Fire Administration(USFA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) aimed at identifying both positive and negative culture and climate found in the American fire and emergency service community. NSCCI, through this study and its website,, and other project efforts, will identify adverse behaviors and recommend changes to both culture and climate for occupational safety and health within the fire and emergency service.

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