All fire and EMS departments are encouraged to participate in International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. The NVFC and IAFC provide resources and tools to help your department focus on health and safety. Check back in early 2015 for planning resources specific to the 2015 Safety and Health Week. Continue using resources from the 2014 event to make safety, health, and training a priority in your department all year long.

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.

Safety and Health Week Webinars

As part of the 2014 Safety and Health Week, the IAFC hosted two free webinars. Click on the links below to view the recorded webinars:

Eliminating LODDs in Fire Service Training 
Presenters: Allan Rice, Executive Director, Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission and President, North American Fire Training Directors; Jeffrey Segal, Assistant Chief, Safety and Member Services, Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department
This webinar takes a close look at how to keep firefighters safe during training drills – specifically, eliminating line-of-duty deaths altogether. Specific case studies will be examined, including a recent incident with the Baltimore City Fire Department. The goal is to focus on lessons learned from the incidents to prevent them from happening in the future. The North American Fire Training Directors’ new Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training will also be introduced.

Implementing a Successful Training Program for Today’s Fire Service
Presenters: Chief Jeff Cash, Cherryville (NC) Fire Department; Chief Jake Rhoades, Edmond (OK) Fire Department
This webinar will discuss two important aspects of training – establishing successful Junior Firefighter Programs to help instill strong safety attitudes early, and the importance of using programs like Near Miss within curriculum for more realistic and comprehensive training that focuses on the department’s mission. Every department, especially rural and smaller ones, can benefit from a reexamination of their training ground programs to improve the knowledge and skills of current and future firefighters.

Safety and Health Week Quiz

Firefighters and EMTs had the opportunity to test their knowledge of important safety, health, and training information by taking the Fire Service Safety and Health Quiz sweepstakes. 200 winners were randomly selected to receive a specially made challenge coin commemorating this year’s Safety and Health Week. The quiz was hosted by the NFPA, in partnership with the IAFC and NVFC. The list of winners is now posted at

Activity Ideas

2014 Safety and Health Week Activity Ideas: Train Like You Fight

Behavioral Health Activity Ideas

Suggested Activity Schedule for Safety 

Rules of Engagement for Structural Firefighting Lesson Plans 

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.

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 information where indicated in red. Submit the customized press release to your local media outlets to encourage community awareness and support of your efforts. Download press release template.


Download these posters and place them in your department to provide all personnel with critical safety and health reminders.

Web Banners and Wallpaper

Place a web banner or banner on your department or organization web site and link it to 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.

Print Ads

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.

Social Media

Utilize your department or agency’s social media sites to promote Safety and Health Week in your department and community. The suggested Social Media Plan provides posts you can use as-is or customize for your department. Download Social Media Plan.

Leading up to and during Safety and Health Week, use these Safety and Health Week images as the cover photo on your social media pages:

Training Summit

The focus of the 2014 Safety and Health Week is training. As part of the NVFC’s focus on first responder health and safety, a Training Summit was held on June 20-21 in Myrtle Beach, SC, in conjunction with Safety and Health Week. The Summit focused on two tracks: one on first responder health and safety and the other on fire prevention. Read a wrap-up of the event.

ATS Training Giveaway

Action Training Systems is providing 50 free online training packages to all-volunteer or mostly volunteer departments. Each training package is good for one year and provides 20 department members with free access to Firefighter I and Firefighter II online training. The giveaway coincides with the 2014 Safety and Health Week and ties into the theme of “Train Like You Fight.” Click here to view the winners of the ATS Training Giveaway.

Online Training

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. Many of the courses are offered through the NVFC’s Virtual Classroom; new students will be asked to create an account before accessing the course catalog. Courses include:

  • Is Your Department at its B.E.S.T.?
  • Fireground Accountability – Daring Not to be a Statistic
  • STOP: Seatbelts Top Our Priorities (vehicle safety)
  • Incident Safety Officer series
  • Injury Prevention for the Fireground
  • Equipment Management series
  • Heat Stress – Choosing the Right PPE
  • Pump Operations and Maintenance
  • Health and Wellness Advocate training
  • Disease Management for a Stronger, Longer Life
  • Overcoming Wellness and Fitness Barriers in the Fire Service
  • Behavioral Health and Firefighter Suicide Prevention
  • Finding Your Life Balance
  • Stress Resilience Strategies
  • Firefighter Rehab/NFPA 1584
  • Carbon Monoxide Dangers
  • Functional Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness Program Design
  • Heart Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Obesity in the Fire Service
  • The Insulin Connection

Find additional training opportunities in the Training Resources section of this web site.