Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical and planning responsibilities.
This initiative incorporates a range of components that relate to our ability to safely conduct emergency operations in a high-risk environment. There is no question that firefighters are expected to work in environments that are inherently dangerous, however most risks and most of the specific dangers are well known.” The 3rd Initiative asks us to function safely in high-risk environments by implementing risk management controls wherever they can help reduce injuries and line-of-duty deaths.
Too many lives are lost in situations where the risks were not justified. The fire service understands risks, yet the same accidents, injuries and fatalities keep happening. Incidents must be managed with a constant awareness and balance between risks and desired outcomes. High risk is only acceptable when there is a real possibility of saving a life. Fire command must carefully measure and control risks to save valuable property that can be saved. It is not an acceptable risk to attempt to save lives or properties that are already lost. The fire service should remember that if something bad happens it miscalculated, and that we should never use “that’s the way it’s always been done” to ever except a line-of-duty injury or death.
Initiative 3 Resources
- Wildland Fire Safety Strategy Meeting
- Firefighter Fatality Investigative Report – Sofa Super Store Fire (Charleston, SC)
- 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Job Aid
Initiative 3 Research
- Line-of-Duty Death: Response Guide
- Four Commonsense Steps to Preventing a Firefighter Mayday
- Looking at Modern Construction Features
- 3 Decision-Making Tools To Keep Your Crew Alive
- Using a Risk Assessment to Guide WUI PPE Use
Latest Initiative 3 News
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Chief Robert Fling (Ret.), Dix Hills (NY) Fire Department – In this Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up, Chief Robert Fling urges all fire departments and their firefighters to be much more cognizant of the modifiable risks associated with firefighting.
- Improve the Decision-Making Skills and Safety of Your Firefighters – Earlier this fall, the September issue of Firehouse Magazine featured the 2019 Fire Service Health &and Safety Report. This 32-page supplement contains 15 articles by some the fire service’s most respected authors and some of its rising stars.
- 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.
- U.S. Fire Chiefs Learn Lessons at High-Rise Fire Conference in Minneapolis – Last week, Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF, participated in the Firehouse High-Rise Fire and Life Safety Summit in Minneapolis, MN. Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshalls from around the country gathered for in-depth discussions on current and proposed fire codes, fire protection systems and manual fire suppression efforts.