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
- Fire Stop Tour, January 10-12, 2023 – The U.S Fire Administrator and principal leaders from the American fire service, in partnership with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), the Philadelphia Fire Department, and the Washington, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, will stand together on Jan. 10‑12 to speak with one voice to address the fire problem facing our nation.
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- Boyd Street: NFFF’s Compelling New Documentary – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation announces the release of Boyd Street, created in partnership with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and Full Vision Productions.
- New Health & Safety at Wildland Fires Course Now Available on Fire Hero Learning Network – This timely new training discusses the unique characteristics of wildland fire responses, the known hazard categories and safety practices that mitigate these hazards, and how to practice effective risk management. As the demand for service and exposures increase, so do the health and safety hazards to all firefighters who operate in the wildland urban interface.
- NFFF Announces 4th Firefighter Life Safety Summit – This important gathering builds on the advances from previous Life Safety Summits in Tampa (FL) and Truman Fire Forums (2019 and 2022) to move firefighter health and safety strategies forward. A keynote speaker for the event is Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, whose in-depth work on command decision-making revolutionized the British Fire Service’s approach to incident command.
- National Fire Service Research Agenda Report Released – Researchers and fire service practitioners met virtually last year for the 4th National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium resulting in the National Fire Service Research Agenda Report with nearly 300 recommendations.
- National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 Postponed – The National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 Planning Committee has postponed the Summit due to the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic on fire departments across the country. A new date for the Summit will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
- FSRI Releases New Online Training – Fire Service Considerations with Lithium-Ion Battery ESS – This online course focuses on a deflagration incident at a lithium-ion battery energy storage system facility in Surprise, Arizona. We will share our analysis and recommendations to improve codes, standards, and emergency response training to protect first responders, maintenance personnel, and nearby communities.
- Fire Hero Learning Network Reaches New Milestone – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is excited to announce that the Foundation’s online learning platform, the Fire Hero Learning Network (FHLN), has reached a milestone of over 130,000 registered users.
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Launches “Legacies in Leadership” Website – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to announce the “Legacies in Leadership” website, which contains thoughts and advice from the past and present fire service leaders to the next generation of fire service influencers.
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- Help Shape the Future of the Fire Service – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will host the National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium virtually in February and March to prioritize research that promotes firefighter safety, wellness, and efficiency.