All fire and EMS departments are encouraged to participate in International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. The IAFC and NVFC will provide resources and tools to help your department focus on health and safety. Keep checking back as new planning resources continue to be added.
Click here to learn about the history of Safety and Health Week.
Submit Your Resources, Stories, and Photos
Click here to share your department’s safety and health resources, media coverage, activities you are planning for Safety and Health Week, and success stories from your department.
Sample Department Press Release
Use this sample press release to help promote Safety and Health Week in your community and your department. Customize it for your department by adding in local informaiton where indicated with yellow highlights. Download press release template.
Download these posters and place them in your department to provide all personnel with critical safety and health reminders.
- Safety and Health Week 2013 Poster (14×20 in.) – Also find a pull-out poster in the May issue of Fire Chief Magazine
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival and Incident Commander’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Health
- B.E.S.T. Practices for Firefighter Health and Safety
Web Banners and Wallpaper
Place a web banner or banner on your department or organization web site and link it to www.safetyandhealthweek.org to help other first responders find tools and resources for Safety and Health Week. Use the wallpaper on your station desktops to remind all personnel to focus on safety and health.
- Web banner 650×90
- Web banner 468×60
- Web banner 300×100
- Web button 160×160
- Web button 160×240
- Web button 150×300
- Web button 195×230
- Computer wallpaper
Use these ads to promote Safety and Health Week in printed publications or newsletters, or print them as flyers to hang on your department bulletin board.
The Seattle Fire Department has created this Safety and Health Week newsletter featuring information from the Safety and Health Week web site. Utilize this newsletter in your own department to provide important information and resources to your personnel.
Behavioral Health Activity Ideas - New for 2013!
Steps for Getting Healthy
This Safety and Health Week, look at the steps you and your department can take to help you get on the path towards good health so you can be at your best both on and off the job. Included are activity ideas and resources that can be implemented during Safety and Health Week to get you and your department started.
Fire Service Safety & Health Week Quiz
The NFPA, along with the IAFC and NVFC, sponsored the Fire Service Safety and Health Week Quiz. The theme was “Saving Our Own… An Inside Job.” 125 randomly selected winners will receive a specially designed challenge coin commemorating this year’s Safety and Health Week. View winners.
A series of four webinars on behavioral health topics were during Safety and Health Week. If you missed any of these webinars, they are now available on-demand through the NVFC’s Digital Chalk training platform. Go to https://nvfc.digitalchalk.com and select courses under the catalog option. New students must create an account before accessing courses.
Brotherhood vs. Parenthood: Finding your Life Balance Monday
This webinar looks at all the roles a volunteer firefighter plays throughout their lives. From your role as an employee to spouse to parent to firefighter, how do you emphasize the importance, purpose, and balance of each role? This webinar will help you identify strategies for prioritizing each aspect of your life to help you achieve balance and time management.
Using your Lifeline: Disease Management for a Stronger, Longer Life
Heart disease is the number one cause of line-of-duty death in the fire service. Heart disease has many risk factors and just as many preventive strategies. This webinar will help you identify your current risk and present tools for management of your current risk factors and prevention of developing future risk factors to help you live healthier.
Putting Out the Fire: Stress Resilience Strategies
Stress is an underlying risk factor that affects a majority of the population, especially first responders. Can you identify your current stressors? Do you know what types of stressors exist? Do you know the types of stressors to which you are susceptible? This webinar helps you key in on the types of stressors most prominent for firefighters and how to successfully manage stress as it arises.
Injury Prevention for the Fireground
Strains, sprains, low back pain… Learn how to limit the occurrence of these types of injuries on the fireground. This webinar identifies physical training, flexibility, and ergonomic movement strategies that can help increase a firefighter’s ability to perform their duties more efficiently.
Refer to the Courses and Webinars section of the Behavioral Health Resources page of this site for additional training on behavioral health topics.
In addition, the NVFC offers a sereis of health and safety webinars that you can take on-demand. Click here to learn more and access the webinars. Courses include:
- Behavioral Health and Firefighter Suicide Prevention
- STOP: Seatbelts Top Our Priorities (vehicle safety)
- Incident Safety Officer series
- Pump Operations and Maintenance
- Equipment Management series
- Health and Wellness Advocate training
- Carbon Monoxide Dangers
- Functional Exercise
- Health and Wellness Program Design
- Heart Health
- Smoking Cessation
- Heat Stress – Choosing the Right PPE
- Obesity in the Fire Service
- The Insulin Connection
- The Impact of Stress on Firefighter Heart Health