Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.
Fire and life safety education is an effective means for establishing fire safe behavior among people of all ages and abilities. It also promotes understanding and acceptance of regulations and technologies that can improve safety within the homes, businesses, and institutions. Furthermore, educating the public about how to prevent fires can contribute significantly to reducing firefighter deaths. If evacuation plans are in place and practiced by residents of a home or occupants of an office building, responding firefighters will not as frequently face the personal risk associated with rescuing trapped citizens. Moreover, fighting extremely dangerous fires will become a less frequent necessity as individuals assume personal responsibility for maintenance of smoke alarms and as they adopt early suppression technologies such as fire sprinklers.
The 14th Initiative asks us to rethink our priorities in the fire service—to recognize the central and enduring value of public education, and to raise fire prevention to the level of other department operations.
Initiative 14 Resources
- Leading and Living Life Safety Lessons Learned
- Sample CRR Management Plan Worksheet
- Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Management System Model
- 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Job Aid
Initiative 14 Research
- The Orange County Fire Authority Junior Firefighter Program: are we meeting the needs of our community?
- Effect of the New York State cigarette fire safety standard on ignition propensity, smoke constituents, and the consumer market.
- Domestic Fire Prevention: Vulnerability and the Translation of Safety Knowledge
- Decreasing incidence of burn injury in a rural state
- Estimating the proportion of homes with functioning smoke alarms: a comparison of telephone survey and household survey results.
Latest Initiative 14 News
- 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.
- Working with fire sprinkler systems and automatic fire alarm systems – To help firefighters prepare for these incidents, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) launched a new training module, Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems, on the Fire Hero Learning Network (FHLN).
- 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.
- ResponderSafety.Com Breaks New Ground in D-Driver Effort with “Distracted Driving Endangers First Responders” Messaging and Resources – ResponderSafety.Com is equipping public information officers (PIOs) and public educators with new tools to get the message out to the public about the dangers distracted drivers pose to emergency responders operating on the roadway and safe driving practices when approaching and passing roadway incident scenes.
- Fire Organizations Applaud Florida Governor Scott for Veto HB 653 – HB 653 would have allowed high–rise buildings in Florida without adequate fire and life safety systems to forego the retrofit of fire sprinklers and/or engineered life safety systems in these buildings that are currently required to come into compliance by 2020.
- Call to Action for Holiday Safety Following Tragic Maryland Fire – Sher Grogg talks about how she lost her brother, sister-in-law, and their four grandchildren in a devastating Christmas tree fire in 2015. She offers holiday safety tips so that other families do not have to experience this tragedy.
- NFFF, Kidde and BGE help Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County Fire Departments with new 10-year smoke alarms for free distribution programs – Not only do smoke alarms provide an early warning to residents of a fire in their home, they also allow for a faster notification to the fire department.
- New Program Launched to Promote Community Involvement in Fire Safety – Chief Ron Siarnicki joined other Fire Service leaders for the launch of a new campaign by Kidde Fire Safety with country music star Craig Morgan, and special guest Kix Brooks to recognize volunteer firefighters.
- NFFF New Goals Campaign: Reducing Fire Occurrences – The Fire Service must do a better job of educating the public of the risks they face as a result of fire. Equally important is educating firefighters about the critical importance of prevention through intervention.