The U.S. Fire Administration began posting civilian fire fatality information on its Web site, www.usfa.dhs.gov, gathered from news media through their “Quick Response Program.”
“We need to remind ourselves, and the public, that each day in this country people die needlessly in preventable residential fires,” acting assistant administrator, Charlie Dickinson said. “Hopefully, by adding this resource to our Web site, the fire service, media, and the general public will be more motivated to continue our Nation’s efforts to prevent deaths and injuries by fire.”
USFA safety messages are sent to local media and fire departments in the vicinity of the fire fatality. This is a proactive effort by the USFA to reach citizens at a time when they are receptive to learning about protecting themselves and their families from a similar fate.
Through the daily process of scanning the Nation’s media for fatal fire incidents, USFA developed a downloadable spreadsheet that aids in tracking deaths starting from January 1, 2007 and includes all fatalities reported through “Quick Response.” USFA estimates the program captures approximately one-third to one-half of the total number of residential fire fatalities occurring each year.
To view this new USFA Web site resource, go to www.usfa.dhs.gov and locate the feature titled, “Fire Fatalities.” Click on the link titled “Details” and you will be taken to “Residential Fire Fatalities in the News.”
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