Safety Support System
The Fire/EMS Safety Support System includes three components of activities to raise awareness of fire fighter health and safety issues and contribute to the effort to lower the number of line of duty deaths.
International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week
International Fire/ EMS Safety and Health Week is an annual event during which fire departments are encouraged to suspend all nonemergency activity and instead focus entirely on health and safety training and education until all shifts and personnel have taken part. An entire week is provided to ensure each shift and duty crew can spend one day focusing on these critical issues. Each year, a national theme is selected based on data and trends in safety and health as well as near-miss, injury and line of duty death reporting; however, a department may create a program based on their unique trends and needs.
Safety and Health Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the IAFC and the NVFC, with coordination by the IAFC's Safety, Health and Survival Section, and in partnership with more than 20 national fire and emergency service organizations.
Take 5 for Safety
Take 5 for Safety is a component of the program that utilizes a series of Safety, Health and Survival bulletins. These pre-packaged 5-minute safety drills are coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section.
FIRE/EMS Stand Down: Priority Survival Notifications
Stand Downs are red alert/lookouts for major emergency safety issues that arise during the year. When a stand down is called, a Priority Survival Notification will be emailed to all IAFC members to explain the need for immediate action to ensure the safety of fire/EMS professionals and provide relevant resources. Fire departments are asked to immediately suspend all nonemergency activity until action (such as training drills or a policy review) has been taken.
Near-Miss Reporting: You, the IAFC and Near-Miss
Fire Safety for People with Disabilities
Introducing Nathan Trauernicht: What He’s Learned Personally and Professionally from Safety Week
Spotlight on FRI Presenters: Greg W. Collier