Firefighter Safety

The IFE Firefighter Safety Database is designed to enable firefighters and others to learn from past experience where that experience has resulted in injury or loss of life to firefighters, or where critical learning points have been identified.
Supported by the National Operational Guidance and National Operational Learning programme, all UK Fire and Rescue Services, willing international Fire and Rescue Services and other organisations, we hope and believe the database will become a world-leading safety resource.
The information in the database does not apportion blame, imply judgment or make any accusation of wrong-doing. It exists solely to promote understanding of what happened at major incidents and so help prevent injury or loss of life in similar future incidents.
The cases described here are wide ranging, diverse and the sort which could confront any firefighter at any time anywhere in the world. Firefighting and rescuing people from fires is inherently dangerous, but by learning from the past we can help mitigate the risk.
It is often the case that repearted, closely related lessons recur in incidents and events of all types, so if firefighters and others involved in fire-fighting, rescue, fire engineering and building design understand how dangerous incidents escalated (or indeed were managed well), the information presented by that case study has the potential to help improve decision making and thereby make a positive difference to firefighter safety.
The database will expand over time. Phase 1 presents information on post-WWII incidents in the UK where firefighters have died. Future phases will cover “other incidents of interest” and “international incidents of interest”. We recognise there are gaps in some reports and would welcome assistance in gathering further relevant information. The success of the database will be proportional to the amount of information contributed to it. Although some historical information is available from Fire and Rescue Services, user contributions will represent a valuable further source of information.
All information on the database has been quality assured by the IFE Firefighter Safety Special Interest Group. If you notice any errors please let us know straight away, with whatever evidence you have, so that we can make any necessary corrections.
Where information (including images) is known to be protected by copyright, we have sought to identify the owners of those rights and obtain their consent to its use. If we have inadvertently breached any copyright please let us know immediately so that we can put matters right.
Fire and Rescue Services and other organisations have donated and supplied freely a wide variety of information including images, reports, powerpoints, and other useful learning materials.  Please source reference this if you use it, eg for research papers, projects, presentations, links to site etc where appropriate inlcuding to this site.
The IFE expresses no view as to the validity of the information presented on this database. It is for readers to absorb, use and learn from it as they see fit.
Very many people and organisations have helped us in the development of the database and to them the IFE and National Operational Guidance extends its sincere gratitude. More importantly, if lessons are learned and lives are protected, their contributions will have been amply rewarded.