Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
All too often fire service health and safety initiatives fall short of their intended goals, in part due to accountability by the organization or the individual firefighter. Often this lack of accountability comes from an attitude that one must possess bravado to be perceived as a good firefighter.
The 2nd Initiative asks us to make a personal commitment to accountability regarding health and safety issues at all times and at all levels of our fire service.
The fire service can address this attitude head-on by implementing strategies for both the organization and the individual to accept responsibility and ensure that accountability is an integral component to creditable health and safety programs. Turning a blind eye to unsafe behaviors should never be an acceptable action. Above all else, the Firefighter Life Safety Initiative proposes that every member of a department must accept personal responsibility for his or her actions, as well as be “accounted for” and held accountable by the organization.
Initiative 2 Resources
- Wildland Fire Safety Strategy Meeting
- Firefighter Fatality Investigative Report – Sofa Super Store Fire (Charleston, SC)
- Health & Wellness Concerns – Instructor Guide (MS Word)
Initiative 2 Research
- Cost-effectiveness of workplace wellness to prevent cardiovascular events among U.S. firefighters
- Four Commonsense Steps to Preventing a Firefighter Mayday
- Home Fire Inspections
- Looking at Modern Construction Features
- Can Certified Firefighter PPE be Misleading?
Latest Initiative 2 News
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to Host the National High School Fire and EMS Cadet Program Symposium– The Symposium, the first event of its kind, will be held July 10-12, 2019, and will empower cadet programs with the tools they need to maximize their learning outcomes.
- Two Organizations Selected Co-Recipients of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award– The Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative and the Denver Fire Department will receive the award at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 25, 2019, in Washington, DC.
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Captain John Dixon– In this episode of Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up, John Dixon reflects on an impactful moment at the National Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- 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.
» Take the Survey
- 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.
- 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.
- New Report Calls for More Unified Approach to Reducing Wildland Firefighter LODDs– Each year, approximately 19 wildland firefighters die in the line of duty, representing almost 20 percent of all firefighter line-of-duty deaths occurring in the U.S. annually.
- Assessing Risk Never Stops– The concept of risk permeates the fire service. We talk about risk/benefit analysis. Our “golden rule”—risk a lot to save a lot, risk little to save little, risk nothing to save nothing—is ingrained into us in the academy.