Firefighter Rescue Survey Study Concluding, Chief Brian Brush

Nearly three months have passed since the Oklahoma State University, Firefighter Rescue Survey graduate research project has been collecting data on Fire Service Wins. This is the first research project of it’s kind, a paradigm shift from our traditional NFIRS USFA data collection.

Today marks the final weekly update published from the project. The news is good, the scientific data shows “It’s Worth The Risk”, and Firefighters are rescuing significant numbers of civilians from fires in residential homes. The fire service in the United States now has a tremendous number of facts and research between this project, and the completed UL studies. Fire departments now have the ability to make data-based decisions with confidence, and make updates to standard operating guidelines if the data shows it to be necessary.

CF Tactics made an educated guess early on in this study that the results would conclude firefighters are making a significant impact on the citizens they serve. We hope you shared that same thought as a member of our like minded community of fire service professionals.

Across the United States between January 1st, 2021, and March 28th, 2021, Firefighters rescued a total of 829 civilians from 431 residential fire incidents. Of the 829 rescued 630 survived to live another day due to the heroic efforts of firefighters.

If this is your first time encountering this data, review it, and start a conversation with your fellow firefighters about your plan for encountering a victim. As referenced in previous articles about the project, when arriving on the scene of a fire we must anticipate that:

  • Single Family Home Fires will have more than one victim.
  • Multi-Family Home Fires will have nearly three victims.

Listed at the end are a number of additional articles CF Tactics has published about the Firefighter Rescue Survey project, and real life GRABS.

While the last three months served as the data collection period for this study, we look forward to the final published research project results with any additional arguments or conclusions. See additional Firefighter Rescue Survey links below the CF Tactics articles.