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The Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System – Part 1 (Episode 305)

Today’s episode is Part 1 of my 2-part interview with John Russ, Program Director for the IAFC Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System.

Length: 48 minutes

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The IAFC’s Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System has been undergoing substantial changes in 2019 to improve functionality and provide better services to its users and stakeholders and 2020 looks to be no different. With a new technology partner, Envisage Technologies that oversees the Acadis Portal and FirstForward Training and Exposure Tracking, new deliverables are in the works to allow a better learning experience from near miss reports.

The Near Miss Program also is looking to further promote Human Performance Improvement to help fire departments at the operational level.

John Russ is an eighteen-year veteran of the fire service, currently working for the Brentwood (TN) Fire & Rescue Department as a Lieutenant/ Paramedic.  He has been the Program Manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System since January 2016.

John has worked in various facets of the Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System since its inception in 2005.  John also has worked for numerous career and voluntary fire and emergency service providers to include prehospital emergency medical service providers, specialized technical rescue organizations, along with risk management and prevention entities.

He has a Master’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Professional Studies and two Bachelor’s Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University; one in Fire & Safety Administration and one in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care. John also is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


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Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System
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