Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week is June 22-28

Tuesday, 03 June 2008

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to promote the 2008 Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week, scheduled for June 22-28. The theme for the week is “Committed to Long-Term Results,” which encourages long-term investments by both chiefs and firefighters to enhance their health and safety. The ultimate goal is to institute a strong culture of health and safety within the fire and emergency medical services.

Suggested activities and materials incorporate three key areas where standard operating procedures, policies, and initiatives – along with the training and enforcement that support them – can limit fire/EMS personnel’s risk of injury or death.

  • Initiate an emergency vehicle policy, to include:
    • Always buckle up.
    • Always stop at red lights and stop signs.
    • Always drive at speed limits and defensively.
  • Fully implement the Wellness-Fitness Initiative:
    • Provide annual medical and physical evaluations.
    • Provide equipment and time for exercise.
    • Provide nutrition information.
  • Fully implement NFPA 1500, especially sections addressing PPE:
    • Provide compliant PPE.
    • Train and enforce use of PPE, including respiratory protection.
Learn more about this year’s program and access planning resources developed by the IAFC Safety Health and Survival Section. National Firefighter Health Week, to be held from August 18-22. Learn more about the NVFC/USFA Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations Initiative.

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