All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
While this may appear to be a challenging or even controversial statement, it simply means that every organization should provide an environment that allows its members to speak up regarding personal and organizational safety; without negative consequences for doing so (within a prescribed context), and without decentralizing the authority of the formal leader. The resources needed for all fire service organizations to institute Initiative #4, regardless of type or size, are already at our disposal, and the best part is that they are free. The goal is to have every member fully engaged during an emergency incident with a focus on doing the work in a proficient manner and looking out for one-another to avoid injuries and potential line of duty death.
Initiative 4 Resources
- Firefighter Fatality Investigative Report – Sofa Super Store Fire (Charleston, SC)
- 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Job Aid
Initiative 4 Research
- D.C Firefighters Program Takes Aim At Firefighter Burns
- How to Identify Problems Early
- 3 Decision-Making Tools to Keep Your Crew Alive
- The Power of Expectations for Company Officers
- Empower Your Employees and Gain Increased Productivity, Morale
Latest Initiative 4 News
- After the Fire Podcast – Episode 3 – In this episode, we discuss the 1984 toluene tank explosion that resulted in the LODD of Phoenix Fire Department Engineer-HazMat Technician Ricky Pearce. We honor his contribution to industry-wide change, and we explore how Phoenix and firefighting as a whole evolved from this unfortunate event.
- Fire Hero Learning Network Registered Users Surpasses 100,000 – Since Fire Hero Learning Network went live, registered users have earned over 130,000 online learning certificates of completion. The knowledge gained from the modules better positions firefighters and officers as leaders in health and safety training in their respective departments.
- After the Fire Podcast – Episode 1 – In this episode, Chief John Tippett of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Author & Historian Nicole Casper, Retired Brockton Fire Department Captain Joseph Lacouture, and Retired Brockton Fire Department Fire Chief Kenneth Galligan discuss Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, the 1941 Strand Theatre Fire 13 line of duty deaths, and lessons learned.
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Lt. Dustin Dunn, Gallatin (TN) Fire Department – In this Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up, Lt. Dustin Dunn talks about the importance of attitude in everything firefighters do.
- 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.
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Deputy Fire Chief Steve Przibowski, Santa Clara County Fire Department – In this Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Przibowski, of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, discusses the importance of empowering all firefighters to speak up to stop unsafe operations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Chief Trisha Wolford – On this episode of Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up, Chief Trisha Wolford talks about the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives that are most meaningful to her and what they should translate to for company officers.
- 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.