Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Focusing Risk Managment Efforts Using Historical Wildland Fire Accident Trends

August 3, 2013

To:          Geographic Area Coordinating Group Chairs

From:        National Multi Agency Coordinating Group

NMAC Correspondence #2013-06

Subject:    Focusing Risk Management Efforts Using Historical Wildland Fire Accident Trends

Data analysis is an important component of risk management.  Trends identified through data analysis provide a sound foundation for making risk management decisions.  Over the past one hundred years, 90% of wildland fire fatalities can be attributed to five general causes:
  •   Low level flight operations
  •   Vehicle accidents
  •   Entrapments/burnovers
  •   Snags/felling operations
  •   Heart attacks
There is a high probability that most future fatalities will continue to share these causes.  Having experienced 28 fatalities in the fire community to date in in 2013, NMAC is encouraging leaders, managers and everyone throughout the wildland fire community to make every day a training day with an emphasis on our historical accident trends.  This can be achieved through the Six Minutes for Safety program (,  with the following resources addressing the 5 primary wildland fire serious accident causes:
Wildland firefighting continues to become more complex, but the primary causes of fatalities and serious accidents have not changed.   Please use this information to continue to focus your proactive efforts and situational awareness.  

/s/ John Segar
Chair, NMAC

(UPDATE since memo's release: 30 deaths to date)

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