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Feb 2020


SAFENET is a form and process for front line firefighters that provides a way to be heard and get unsafe situations resolved. SAFENET has been in demand by firefighters themselves. It is a method for prompt reporting and timely resolution of safety and health concerns encountered in wildland fire, all hazard operations, or other related work environments. The information on the form assists in the collection of important, safety-related data at the National Interagency Fire Center, to determine long-term trends and problem areas. Here are some facts about SAFENET and how it works.

  • Individuals who observe or who are involved in an unsafe situation shall initiate corrective actions if possible, and then report the occurrence using SAFENET. SAFENET reports should identify unsafe situations in wildland fire, all hazard operations, or other related work environments.
  • SAFENETs should be submitted to the first line supervisor, whose responsibility it is to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
  • SAFENETs may also be submitted directly to the SAFENET system via:
  • SAFENET was originally intended for wildland fire operations, but can be used to report on activities such as training, and all hazard events.
  • Submitters are encouraged, but not required, to put your name on the report. You don't have to identify yourself to fill out a SAFENET, you can do it anonymously. All SAFENETs will be sanitized before posting to the web. See SAFENET Protocols for sanitizing process.
  • There is no punishment or penalty for filing a SAFENET, nor is it mandatory.
  • SAFENETs related to incidents that have on-going serious accident investigations will not be posted until the formal investigation process is completed. These SAFENETs will be sent directly to the serious accident investigation team.
  • SAFENETs that do not meet posting criteria (see SAFENET Protocols) will not be posted to the website.

SAFENET is not the only way to correct a safety-related concern; it does not replace accident reporting or any other official agency reporting method. It's simply an easy, quick way to report a safety concern. It's also a way for front line firefighters to be involved in the daily job of being safe and keeping others safe, by documenting and helping to resolve safety issues.

The NWCG encourages comments and suggestions for improvement of the SAFENET program. Please share your ideas by emailing the


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
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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