Safety Week is June 20-26

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

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 2010 Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week, held June 20-26. The theme of this year’s event is Fit for Duty.

This theme covers a variety of topics that are extremely important to all firefighters and EMS personnel. Resources are available to assist fire departments with implementing their own programs to prepare firefighters and EMS personnel with healthy habits that reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers, thereby increasing the chance for a longer and healthier life.

Departments are encouraged to identify and participate in activities tailored to their specific community during Safety Week. Suggested areas of concentration range from general health and wellness, fitness, infectious diseases, suicide prevention, and more. Departments should use Safety Week as a time to support comprehensive fitness assessments, medical screenings, and educational programs that build and maintain medically and physically fit personnel and help in reducing health and fitness-related deaths or injuries.

Find more suggested concentration areas, tools and resources, and general information about Safety Week at www.iafc.org/SafetyWeek. Additional information can also be found on the IAFF’s Health, Safety and Medicine’s web site. Find health and safety resources from the NVFC at www.nvfc.org/Health_Safety.

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