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Reporting Criteria

[print Criteria] (Revised 1-17-2012)

Safety Gram data will include fatalities, entrapments, burnovers, and other potentially life threatening accidents and injuries associated with wildland fire that result in:


  • Entrapment(s)
  • Burnover of personnel
  • Burnover of fire suppression apparatus (e.g., fire engines)
  • Incidents/accidents that result in three or more persons requiring in-patient hospitalization
  • Serious life threatening injury/illness or high probability of life threatening injury/illness
  • Vehicle accidents (including ATV/UTVs) with potential for serious injury/property damage (e.g., rollovers)
  • Aviation Fatalities

Data will be collected for:

  • Personnel involved in the direct support of wildland fire, fire suppression damage repair and fire rehabilitation (private citizens acting on their own behalf resulting in injury or death will not be included).
  • Suppression apparatus that are damaged and/or destroyed as a direct result from operational involvement (parked vehicles with no occupants that are damaged from flame impingement will not be included).
  • Any fire resource on an incident, in mobilization or demobilization status.
  • Training or work capacity test related accidents/injuries that result in any of the above.

Data will be captured under the following categories:

Date – the date that the incident/accident occurred

Location – the location where the incident/accident occurred:

  • Incident name (if applicable)
  • Jurisdictional Unit (e.g., forest, district, refuge, etc.)State
  • If jurisdictional unit is not available, identify by nearest town/city

Activity – describe primary and secondary (if available) operational activity when incident/accident occurred:

    • Initial Attack
    • Line Construction
    • Mop-Up
    • Structure Protection
    • Fuels Management
    • Prescribed Fire
    • Driving
      • Responding to Incident
      • At Incident
      • Returning to Incident
    • Aviation
      • Helicopter
      • Fixed Wing
    • Work Capacity Test
      • Arduous
      • Moderate
      • Light
    • Fitness Training
    • Post-Suppression
    • Post-Wildland Fire Training

Agency/Entity of personnel involved – identify personnel involved by agency.

    • Specify if Federal, State or local employee or contractor
    • If state employee list the state employed not state occurred

Type of Accident/Illness – describe type of incident/accident or direct causal factor:

    • Burnover
    • Entrapment
    • Vehicle
      • Rollover
      • Struck
      • Truck
      • Water tender
      • Engine
      • Crew Vehicle
      • Bus
    • ATV/UTV
    • Hazard Tree
    • Medical
      • Burns
      • Heart Attack
      • Heat Illness
      • Fracture
      • Asphyxiation
    • Fitness Testing
    • Evacuation
    • Aviation
    • Fall from Height
    • Other

Number of People – total number of persons directly involved in the incident/accident

Number Fire Shelters Deployed – total number of shelters deployed

Fatalities – of the number of persons involved state how many resulted in fatality

Injuries – briefly describe type of injuries sustained

Totals – number of personnel involved and fatalities

The respective RMC agency representative who has jurisdiction involving the incident/accident will make the recommendation on Safety Gram posting. RMC will make final determinations for Safety Gram posting.


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Prior Year Safety-Grams: 1987-2014