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Baton Rouge Fire Safety Division has the responsibility for seeing that all fire department personnel follow proper safety procedures belongs to the Fire Safety Division under the direction of Chief Fire Safety Officer and four (4) Fire Safety Officers. This division investigates all injuries or accidents involving personnel or equipment of the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The Fire Safety Division also maintains records pertaining to injuries/illnesses of personnel and works with other divisions of the fire department in conducting safety programs.

The Fire Safety Division is responsible for gathering and investigating all infectious/contagious disease exposures to the personnel within the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Listed below is the number of days lost due to sickness, accidents, or injuries to personnel for 2013:

On Duty Accidents or Injuries 784 Days Lost
Off Duty Accidents or Injuries 870 Days Lost
Time Off For Sick Leave 1,716 Days Lost
Total: 3,370 Days Lost
2013 Injuries Types
Wound, Cut, Bleeding, Bruise 15
Burns 2
Heart and Lung 0
Heat Exhaustion 1
Sprains  and Strains 26
Other 5

Fire Safety Officers in the Baton Rouge Fire Department are specially trained in hazard/risk assessment in order they may act as observers, advisors, enforcers, on terminating or suspending unsafe acts at emergency incidents. These activities are in consideration for the safety of fire fighters as well as the general public. Through specialized training and National Certification, Fire Safety Officers gain a different perspective on emergency incidents. Command officers and fire fighters strive toward the goal of protecting citizenís lives and property, while the Fire Safety Officer strives toward protecting employees and the public from imminent hazards. This countering balance eliminates tunnel vision and the unnecessary risk of injury or death. The Federal government mandates by law a Certified Fire Safety Officer be present on all Hazardous Material emergencies.

Safety Officers touch every part of the Fire Department. Their presence is an indication of the value we place on the firefighters that protect this city. They act as liaisons between the firefighters and the administration of this department. Building trust and credibility has and will continue to change behaviors and actions. Industry and city municipalities recognize that to control hazards you must manage risk. The most commonly accepted experience is that for every $1 spent on safety, the return on investment is $5-$7 in benefit.