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
- NFFF New Goals Campaign: Company Officer as Quarterback: Leading the Team to Success – Regardless of what team you root for or whether you even like football, I think we can find parallels between the roles of the players on the field and the roles of the firefighters on an incident. In particular, I see a distinct analogy between the company officer and the quarterback.
- 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.