Please refer to the attached document – note the statistics. The NVFC Health & Safety Committee, of which I am a member, was able to get the data from NFPA on what are the causes and types of firefighter injuries.
Although an issue that must continue to be addressed, responding to and returning from calls is not the leading cause of injury as many would have led us to believe – operating on the fire ground is, by far, the most dangerous activity we engage in. This should provide invaluable assistance as we continue to address issues related to Worker’s Compensation for WV volunteer fire departments.
I would ask that each of you target these causes of injury and death and make a conscious effort to reduce the numbers. Unless we act proactively, we will continue to have to react to injuries and deaths.