Fire Communication
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Mar 2022


The SAFENET system is a way for firefighters and support staff to report unsafe or unhealthy situations and near-misses. SAFENET is an easy, quick way to report a safety concern. It allows firefighters to be involved in the daily job of being safe and keeping others safe by documenting and helping to resolve safety issues. It is also a way for fire managers to hear about and correct hazardous conditions, collect and track important safety data, and identify trends that could be developing.


Here are some facts about SAFENET and how it works:

  • Individuals who observe or are involved in an unsafe situation should initiate immediate corrective action, if possible. The occurrence should then be reported via SAFENET.
  • Reports should identify unsafe situations in wildland fire, all-hazard operations, training, and other related work environments.
  • SAFENET is a confidential database. Users are encouraged but not required to put their name and contact information on the report.
  • SAFENET reports are sanitized to display safety and health-related information only, and they will not identify the names of individuals, crews, or other resources.
  • If the reporting party did not observe the situation first-hand, the SAFENET report will likely not be published. Instead of filing a report, encourage those who were directly involved to do so.
  • SAFENET reports that do not include the name of the incident and/or location of the event will not be posted.
  • SAFENET reports that contain unprofessional content (e.g., personal attacks/slander, character defamation) will not be posted, or the offensive comments will be removed prior to posting.
  • There is no punishment or penalty for filing a SAFENET report, nor is it mandatory.

For information regarding the SAFENET program please contact:


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
10 Standard Firefighting Orders, PMS 110 
18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 118
10 & 18 Poster, PMS 110-18
NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center


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