Safety Summit Sparks Change in Culture

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation News Release

Emmitsburg, MD – There was but one single purpose to this event – firefighter safety. Fire service professionals from around the United States met at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, from March 5-7, 2010, at the Everyone Goes Home® Safety Summit to discuss: What are the tools and resources, best practices and practical tips that can help the fire service reduce the number of line-of-duty deaths and injuries so that Everyone Goes Home at the end of the shift?

The Summit gave the nearly 200 participants an opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn from each other. Key leaders in the field of fire safety presented sessions that included: “Lessons in Safety Leadership,” “Changing the American Fire Service Safety Culture,” and “Becoming Fully Involved in Firefighter Safety.” The summit included informative breakout sessions that allowed firefighters to interact with each other and learn proven tools, tips and techniques so that they have the Courage to Be Safe®.

Firefighters had an opportunity to share how they have implemented the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives at their department and how they are making important decisions regarding fire service culture change. These changes include: methods of training, the use of risk assessment tools, and the development of health and wellness programs.

“The Safety Summit was an amazing experience for me as a firefighter,” said Brian Siriani, Northville Township (Michigan) firefighter and safety advocate. “I was able to meet colleagues from around the country, and we shared ideas about how to emphasize and implement safety initiatives at our respective departments.”

In addition, the Everyone Goes Home® Program, in partnership with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, announced a video contest. This contest will provide an opportunity for departments to submit homegrown training videos that focus on safety and risk reduction for all facets of firefighting. For information about the contest or the Everyone Goes Home® program, please

About the Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program
Everyone Goes Home® is a national program by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries. In March 2004, a Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held to address the need for change within the fire service. Through this meeting, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were produced and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home®. For more information about the Everyone Goes Home® Program visit or contact us at 1.877.344.0361.

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit


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