2. Accountability

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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.

Latest Initiative 2 News

  • 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.
  • NFFF “New Goals” Campaign: Taking Steps to Survivability Often, the path to sustained change is through incremental improvements. Of course, some issues are so important they must be dealt with immediately. By prioritizing what needs to be accomplished and taking small, manageable steps we see progress occur that is both sustainable and important.
  • Resolve to reduce line of duty deaths for the New Year The most important element in firefighter safety is you, the firefighter. Join the NFFF in reducing firefighter injuries and lowering the number of LODDs each year to below 50.