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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 371-5983 or send an email to Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395-6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP)—NEW—The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description:

The Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) addresses an important public health need to protect the lives of America's front line emergency responders, those whose job is to save lives and protect property. FFFIPP was established in fiscal year 1998 in order to investigate the deaths and severe injuries that occur to fire fighters for the purpose of identifying high risk situations and to develop recommendations for prevention.

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP), and the effects of FFFIPP recommendations and information products which are periodically distributed to the nation's 30,000 fire departments. This study will examine career and volunteer; large and small size; and urban and rural fire departments to determine the extent to which firefighter reports, recommendations and other information products are being implemented by fire departments. This evaluation will also measure the effects of FFFIPP on the knowledge, behavior, attitudes, and safety practices of fire department management.

This study will consist of a mail survey given to 1,140 fire departments to obtain information from the officers (Captain, Safety Officer and Training Officer or Lieutenants) regarding use of FFFIPP information products. There will also be a set of six focus groups for active, front-line firefighters; each focus group will have approximately 9 participants.

FFFIPP investigated approximately 114 injury fatalities and 101 cardiovascular disease fatalities over the first 5 years of operations. Reports based on these investigations are mailed to select fire departments on a regular basis. An evaluation of the program at this time is appropriate because FFFIPP has acquired sufficient data on firefighter fatalities to permit substantial improvements in knowledge, awareness and the practice of fire fighting. FFFIPP information products have been published and disseminated with sufficient time to allow positive changes. An evaluation at this time could ultimately reduce risk for firefighters through elimination of barriers to better knowledge, behavior, attitudes and safety practices for fire department leadership/management and for front-line firefighters. Evaluation provides a means to strengthen the impact of the program through modification or re-direction of the FFFIPP strategy.

CDC proposes to conduct an evaluation survey that will include 1,140 fire departments. A fire department survey and focus groups will be used to collect data for this evaluation. The fire department survey will use a cross-sectional design with restricted random sampling. The sample will include each of the 215 fire departments where investigations were conducted. For comparison, a random sample of 300 fire departments where there were no investigations conducted will be selected and surveyed. The ten largest fire departments will be deliberately included in the sample because of their unique status. The random selection of additional fire departments will be restricted to balance various factors such as the number of volunteer vs. career, rural vs. urban and other considerations. To supplement findings from the Fire Department Survey, the evaluation team will conduct a series of six focus groups with firefighters from across the country. These focus group discussions will serve as avenues for exploring how and why the FFFIPP may have had an impact. Information collected in the focus groups will thus complement the Fire Department Survey by providing rich descriptions of the ways in which FFFIPP may have affected firefighter knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and safety practices. The focus groups will take place either at a national conference of firefighters or at local venues convenient to the fire departments represented by the participants. Each focus group will take 11/2 hours. Questions will address firefighter knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and safety practices. There are no costs to respondents except their time to participate in the survey. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 238.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

Survey instrumentsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAvg. burden per response (in hours)
Fire Dept. Survey570125/60
Focus Group Participants Eligibility Screening Form8115/60
Focus Group2711.5
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Dated: July 20, 2005.

Betsey Dunaway,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 05-14680 Filed 7-25-05; 8:45 am]