All fire and EMS departments are encouraged to participate in International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week from June 14-20, 2015. The NVFC and IAFC provides the following resources and tools to help your department focus on safety and health during this week.
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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
Fundamentals of Firefighter Functional Fitness
This webinar focused on the concept of functional fitness for firefighters and why functional fitness is a key component in an overall health and wellness program. Heart attacks are the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for firefighters, and focusing on proper fitness and nutrition is critical to reducing your risks and enhancing your abilities as a first responder. This webinar offered suggestions on how departments can ensure all firefighters are physically ready for the next call.
Presented by Dan Kerrigan, Assistant Fire Marshal/Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator of the East Whiteland Township Department of Codes and Life Safety and Jim Moss, Leutenant, Metro West Fire Protection District
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Fire Service Vulnerability Assessment Program
This webinar reviewed the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) Fire Service Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP). This risk assessment tool is designed to help fire departments reduce and manage their risks in order to prevent firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
Presented by JoEllen Kelly, Ph.D., Everyone Goes Home Project Manager and VAP Administrator for the NFFF
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Cancer in the Fire Service: A Growing Epidemic
Take this on-demand course for free in the NVFC Virtual Classroom to learn what you can do in your department and for yourself to lessen your risks and prevent illness. Learn more.
Find additional on-demand safety and health training in the NVFC Virtual Classroom.
Safety and Health Week Quiz Sweepstakes
The National Fire Protection Association, in coordination with the National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs, hosted an online Safety and Health Week quiz from May 4-June 11 to reinforce the messages behind this year’s theme, “Creating a Culture of Safety.”
Thank you to everyone who participated in the quiz and tested their knowledge of critical safety and health topics. The 200 randomly selected winners of the challenge coins will be notified via email on Monday, June 15.
All fire and EMS departments are encouraged to take time during the week of June 14-20 to focus on safety and health education and training. Make sure all duty shifts have the opportunity to particpate. Also take time during the week to determine what steps you and your department can take to Create a Culture of Safety for the long-term. Here are some activity ideas you can utilize.
Department Fitness Challenge
Take steps during Safety and Health Week to encourage fitness among personnel and to challenge yourself with a functional fitness circuit. Plan a fitness day or weekend, or make it a recurring event.
The East Whiteland Fire Department in Chester County, PA, has created this fitness circuit you can utilize. Share your own fitness videos here.
View details of the East Whiteland Fire Department Fitness Circuit.
Find additional functional fitness exercise demonstration videos here.
Sample Department Press Release
Customize this press release to help promote Safety and Health Week in your community and your department. Fill in the information noted in red to localize the information for your department.
Flyers and Posters
Download these flyers and posters and place them in your department to provide all personnel with critical safety and health reminders. You can also use the 2015 Safety and Health Week flyer as an ad in local or state fire service newsletters.
- 2015 Safety and Health Week flyer
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival and Incident Commander’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Health
- Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training
- B.E.S.T. Practices for Firefighter Health and Safety
Utilize these banners on your department or organization’s web site to promote Safety and Health Week. Link to www.safetyandhealthweek.org.
Utilize your department or agency’s social media sites to promote Safety and Health Week in your department and community. Use posts from the suggested Social Media Plan or create your own. Update your Facebook and Twitter banners to the ones below promoting Safety and Health Week.