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Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

In 2004, 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were created and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home. Discuss these initiatives with your crew.

 

Apparatus must be designed with safety in mind

The sixteenth of the 16 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.

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Technology can improve health & safety

Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety. That is the eighth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiative.

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Enforce codes to save property and lives

The fifteenth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.

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Public education is key to reducing injuries, damage and fatalities

The fourteenth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiative states: Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.

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Offer counseling services when needed

The thirteenth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiative states: Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.

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Develop a policy for violent incident response

National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed. That is the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation twelfth Life Safety Initiative.

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National policy standards should be universal to ensure safety

The eleventh National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: National Standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.

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Use grant opportunities to enhance safety

Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement, according to the tenth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives.

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Investigate firefighter injuries, illnesses, fatalities and near misses

The ninth of the 16 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries and near misses.

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Research and Data Collection Applies to You

The seventh National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the initiatives.

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Medical and Physical Fitness Standards

Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform is what the sixth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states.

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Training, qualifications and certifications for all positions

The fifth of the 16 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications and certification that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.

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Empowering personnel to stop unsafe practices

The fourth National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.

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Integrate risk management with incident management

Focus greater attention on integrating risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical and planning responsibilities, states the third of 16 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives.

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Accountability for health & safety

Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service – This is the second of the 16 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives.

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Advocate safe operations

The first of the 16 National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Life Safety Initiatives states: Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.

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