Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week: June 22-28

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), all members of the Fire Corps National Advisory Committee, have partnered to support the 2008 Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week, scheduled for June 22-28. The theme for the week is “Committed to Long-Term Results,” which encourages long-term investments by both chiefs and firefighters to enhance their health and safety. The ultimate goal is to institute a strong culture of health and safety within the fire and emergency medical services.

Fire Corps members can promote health, safety, and survival in their department by utilizing the suggested activities and materials, which emphasize three key areas where standard operating procedures, policies, and initiatives – along with the training and enforcement that support them – can limit fire/EMS personnel’s risk of injury or death. These areas include vehicle safety, wellness-fitness programs, and personal protective equipment.

Fire Corps members, whether they are retired firefighters, public educators, fitness instructors, or family and friends of emergency personnel, can make a difference to improve the safety, health, and the overall survival of our nation’s first responders.

Learn more about Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week and access planning resources. Learn more about health in the fire and emergency services through the NVFC’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. Also stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter web site and E-news for more information regarding the second annual National Firefighter Health Week, to be held from August 18-22. Learn more about the NVFC/USFA Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations Initiative.

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