Take Responsibility for your Health and Safety During Safety Week 2009
|Friday, 24 April 2009|
The 2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week (or Safety Week) will be held the June 14-20, 2009. Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Fighters, and supported by partner organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the theme of the 2009 event is Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health, and Survival Are Your Responsibility.
This year’s theme encourages chiefs and fire/EMS personnel to focus on what they personally can do to manage risk and enhance their health and safety. It reflects the need for personal responsibility and accountability within a strong safety culture.
Recommended activities and materials will incorporate four 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:
Safety – Emergency Driving
Health – Firefighter Heart Disease and Cancer Education and Prevention
Survival – Structural Size-Up and Situational Awareness
Chiefs – Be the Leader in Safety
Participate in Safety Week by utilizing this time to review your department’s safety policies, evaluate the progress of existing initiatives, and discuss health and fitness. Fire/EMS departments should make a concerted effort during the week to correct safety deficiencies and to provide training as needed. An entire week is provided to ensure that each shift and duty crew can spend one day focusing on firefighter safety, health, and survival.