Database Aims to Lower Firefighter Deaths: Great example of using the Web to enable knowledge sharing.
It’s a scene that plays out in firehouses every day: Firefighters return from a blaze or rescue call and talk about a close call that could have injured or killed someone. The International Association of Fire Chiefs wants firefighters nationwide to learn from such stories through the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System.
The national database went online last month after the completion of a pilot program involving 38 fire departments across the country. The Web site lets firefighters report such incidents anonymously and without fear of punishment.
When I was in the Navy, there was a similar system where the safety officer would print out case studies of some kind that came over the wire. However, they weren’t near misses as much as they were Darwin Awards — accident reports, basically. You read them for the morbid fascination factor, but they really did make you think about how you did things to ensure it wouldn’t happen to you.
I don’t think the firefighter thing is public. I couldn’t find a URL.