National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
Many in the fire service have long argued the need for uniform response standards as a means to increase fire service operational effectiveness, and to give credibility to the observation that the fire service is a bona fide profession in the sense of education, credentialing, training, and execution. Success has been limited at best due to competing opinions from fire service organizations categorized as volunteer, combination, or career. Unification in the fire service has also been difficult due to geographic demands which drive local priorities and response policies. Unlike many other fire service systems internationally which are organized, trained, and funded at the national level, the U.S. fire service has developed into over 30,000 idiosyncratic and separate systems. Undoubtedly, this is the source of much pride, but it also has led to massive system inadequacies.
The 11th Initiative calls for a minimum set of activities that are universally recognized and understood to assure life safety at every fire—regardless of organizational composition, or geographic location. Common standards provide the added benefit of allowing multiple responding agencies to operate with similar strategic and tactical considerations, regardless of the complexity of the event.
Initiative 11 Resources
- 16 Initiatives for the Wildland Firefighter
- Everyone Goes Home® in the Wildland
- Advocating for a National Emergency Response Policy
- Response to Fire and Other Emergencies
- Emergency Vehicles Response Guidelines
Initiative 11 Research
- 20 Tips for Improving Fire Tanker/Tender Safety
- Driver training simulation: Measuring a return on your investment
- Three Tools for Firefighter Road Safety
- Riding Positions for Rural Fire Response
- Responding in Cold Weather
Latest Initiative 11 News
- Are you part of a High School Fire or EMS Cadet program? – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is planning the 2019 High School Fire and EMS Cadet Program Symposium and have developed a survey to identify specific areas of interest.
- Stakeholders Meet in Crofton to Discuss Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #11 – Attendees in Columbus encouraged the development of an NFPA standard that will organize and bring structure to response policies in fire departments across the nation, noting that one of the causal factors often cited in preventable line-of-duty deaths is the lack of a policy or procedure in place or the failure to follow an existing policy.
- CFSI and NFFF Accepting Nominations for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award – Co-sponsored by CFSI and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award was established in 2009 to recognize public safety organizations for outstanding contributions to the advancement of firefighter health and safety. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 6, 2018.
- Wildland Firefighters Want to be Sure Everyone Goes Home® – Wildland firefighters from around the country say the status quo about safety must change. Too many wildland firefighters are dying and getting hurt. This is the key message from a series of listening sessions the NFFF held across the country.
» A Conversation with Vicki Minor & Ron Siarnicki
» 16 Initiatives for the Wildland Firefighter
» Everyone Goes Home® in the Wildland
- Make Health, Safety and Wellness Your Department’s Priority – The September issue of Firehouse Magazine features the 2018 Fire Service Health and Safety Report. This 32-page supplement emphasizes the value of a progressive, safety-focused fire service culture, and provides information and resources to help firefighters implement the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
- Experts Agree National Standards for Fire Service Emergency Response Policies Will Improve Firefighters Safety – In May 2018, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation gathered 30 fire service subject matter experts to evaluate and discuss Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #11: National standards for emergency response policies should be developed and championed.
- Send the Everyone Goes Home® Program Your SOPs – We’re collecting information about SOPs on cancer reduction, violent incidents, mental health, and response policies to highlight best practices.
- Take the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge – If your department has not taken the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge, please take a moment learn more about the program and sign the pledge online today!
- Everyone Goes Home® Program Wants Your SOPs – We’re collecting information about SOPs on cancer reduction, violent incidents, mental health, and response policies to highlight best practices.
- Strategic Vision Helps Ensure Firefighter Safety and Enhance Service – To help fire departments around the nation adopt the 16 initiatives, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has created a new handbook, The Strategic Vision Guide: An Action Plan Using the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.