Feasibility: Wildland Firefighter Injuries in Idaho and Montana

(NIOSH 2002-2004) In an effort to reduce wildland firefighter injury and illness, PNASH worked with the USDA Forest Service and Blackbull Wildfire Services to characterize injuries to wildland firefighters. The study collected injury data from major Northwestern fires in the 2000 season and analyzed the association between the type, severity and rate of injuries, the class of firefighter involved, and the time spent fighting the fire. The report to USFS included recommendations to improve firefighter safety and reduce injuries, both on the fireline and among fire support personnel in the fire camp setting. It also proposed future research needs to better define the types of injuries, the resources affected, and the need to look at fire illnesses as another component of the wildland fire health and safety program.