International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council. The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations as well as health and safety-related organizations and agencies.
The 2012 event will take place from June 17-23. The theme is Rules You Can Live By, which focuses on the Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety, Survival, and Health. Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety and Health Week in order to focus on safety and health training and education. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and duty crew can participate.
The 2012 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week marks the unifcation of the IAFCÂ’s Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week with the NVFCÂ’s National Firefighter Health Week.
The goal of both organizations is to reduce the number of preventable injury and death in the fire and emergnecy services. Safety and Health Week focuses on the critical importance of responders taking care of themselves both on and off the emergency incident scene. The week is designed to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.
RULES YOU CAN LIVE BY
Make safety, health, and survival a priority for you and your department! This International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, focus on what you can do to increase safe operations, improve your health, and reduce your risks of tragedy. These are rules we can ALL live by
FOCUS ON SAFETY
The IAFCÂ’s Rules of EngagementÂ for Firefighter Survival and the Incident CommanderÂ’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety provide model procedures you can use as part of your standard opperating procedures/guidelines and firefighter safety training programs.
FOCUS ON HEALTH
Use the NVFCÂ’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Health to learn what you need to do to protect your health and stay at your best.
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.
Press Release and Talking Points
Use the tools to help promote Safety and Health Week in your community and your department.
Download these posters and place them in your department to remind all personnel and incident commanders of the rules they should live by.
- Safety and Health Week 2012 Poster (size 14Ã—20)
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival and Incident CommanderÂ’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Health
- B.E.S.T. Practices for Firefighter Health and Safety
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.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs developed these Rules of Engagement to provide best practice model procedures that departments can use as part of their standard operating procedures/guidelines and firefighter training programs.
The International Association of Fire ChiefÂ’sÂ Safety, Health and Survival Section was established to provide a specific component within the IAFC to concentrate on policies and issues relating to the health and safety of firefighters.
The Near-Miss Reporting System has added a 2012 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week section to their Resources page, which includes near-miss grouped reports relating to the Rules of Engagement topics.
Plan to attend these free webinars as part of your Safety and Health Week activities.
Overcoming Wellness and Fitness Barriers in the Fire Service: A Study by Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, June 19 Â– 2:00 pm ET
Register at https://nvfc.webex.comÂ under the Upcoming Sessions tab
Johns Hopkins University and the National Volunteer Fire Council have collaborated on a three-year research project to study health interventions in firefighters in Maryland.Â Participate in a one-hour webinar that will provide insight into the focus group feedback, barriers to wellness and fitness in the fire service, and how some departments have developed creative solutions to their wellness and fitness challenges.
FULL INVOLVEMENT: Firing Up Your Program
Wednesday, June 20 Â– 2:00 pm ET
Register at https://nvfc.webex.comÂ under the Upcoming Sessions tab.
The course helps firefighters take the lead asÂ a Health and Wellness AdvocateÂ by establishing a sound action plan for their departmentÂ’s Wellness Program. Participants will learn strategies to ignite full involvement Â– from their officers to their community Â– in the support and success of the program. This includes building a wellness team, creating an annual plan, establishing methods of gathering and evaluating data, and securing sponsors to support the health and wellness program.
Health and Safety On-Demand Webinars
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.Â CoursesÂ include:
- STOP: Seatbelts Top Our Priorities
- Pump Operations and Maintenance
- Health and Wellness Advocate Training
- Functional Exercise
- Health and Wellness Program Design
- Heart Health
- Smoking Cessation
- Heat Stress Â– Choosing the Right PPE
- Obesity in the Fire Service
- The Insulin Connection
- The Impact of Stress on Firefighter Heart Health
- Basic Nutrition
- Functional Fitness for Firefighters
Use International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week to continue your comprehensive focus on personal safety Â– on the fireground, while training, at the station, and while driving. Ongoing awareness of your surroundings and proactive measures to mitigate potential threats will help ensure that you can be there for your department, your family, and your community.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs developed these Rules of Engagement to provide best practiceÂ model procedures that departments canÂ use as part of their standard operating procedures/guidelines and firefighter training programs.
The International Association of Fire ChiefÂ’s (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section was established to provide a specific component within the IAFC to concentrate on policies and issues relating to the health and safety of firefighters.
The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive, and secure reporting system with the goal of improving fire fighter safety.Â Â Submitted reports are reviewed by fire service professionals andÂ identifying descriptions are removed to protect your identity. The report is then posted on this web site for other firefighters to use as a learning tool.
The NVFC has set forth their Firefighter Health and Safety Priorities in a series of B.E.S.T. Practices, which are divided into the four main categories of Behavior, Equipment, Standards and Codes, and Training. Learn the B.E.S.T. Practices and find resources for implementing them in your department.
- Resources for Fire Operations
- Resources for EMS Operations
- Resources for Wildland
- Emergency Response Safety Institute
Emergency Vehicle Safety
- Resources for Vehicle Safety
- IAFCÂ’s Guide to Model Policies and Procedures for Emergency Vehicle Safety
This guide provides resources to assist departments in researching and developing their own written policies and procedures for emergency vehicle safety.
The NVFC offers the S.T.O.P. (Safety Tops Our Priorities) training series on vehicle safety. The first course Â– Seatbelts Tops Our Priorities Â– is a 30-minute session that educates participants on the importance of using a seatbelt. The course examines how to encourage safety when responding to emergencies and how seatbelt use and safe vehicle operations can be enforced at the department level. The training is provided using an online platform from McNeil and CompanyÂ’s Emergency Services Insurance Program (ESIP).
The NVFC and USFA created the Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations program to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries from vehicle accidents, which are historically the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities. This innovative educational program includes an emergency vehicle safety best practices self-assessment, standard operating guideline examples, and behavioral motivation techniques to enhance emergency vehicle safety.