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  • 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

    Some of the discussions in other threads got me wondering....how many have heard of this program, and what are your thoughts?

    From the Everyone goes home Website....
    1. Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
    2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
    3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.
    4. All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
    5. Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
    6. Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.
    7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the initiatives.
    8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.
    9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.
    10. Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
    11. National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
    12. National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.
    13. Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
    14. Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.
    15. Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.
    16. Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.

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    I'm familiar with them. Every year we participate in the national stand down day. Overall I like the concept.
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    • #3
      thanks for the reply JT - only took over 2 weeks for someone to comment!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pasobuff View Post
        thanks for the reply JT - only took over 2 weeks for someone to comment!
        We discussed them a couple of weeks ago during our visit, and the fact that nobody had replied.

        It's amazing how few firefighters don't know about these.

        It's also how many firefighters dismiss many of them because they don't fit their agenda.
        Train to fight the fires you fight.

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        • #5
          Most Departments won't get past initiative #1.
          "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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