The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and Fireman’s Fund Insurance are proud to announce the winners of a Video Safety Contest hosted by the Everyone Goes Home® Program. The Bertrand Township Fire Department in Michigan and the Horry County Fire and Rescue Department in South Carolina will be receiving a Bullard T-4 Max Thermal Imager, each valued at approximately $10,000.00.
“Thermal Imagers assist firefighters in locating victims through the smoke in fires, and in locating firefighters who may become trapped inside burning buildings. Because of the support of Fireman’s Fund, and the commitment of these departments to promoting the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, the communities in which they operate will be better served and lives will be safeguarded,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF.
The Departments were selected from among a highly-competitive contest in which each participating organization was required to create and submit a video highlighting the importance of at least one of the 16 Life Safety Initiatives. Every year, nearly 100 firefighters lose their lives in the line of duty. The 16 Firefighter Life Initiatives were developed by the American fire service in 2004 as a move toward reducing preventable firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. In 2005, the Everyone Goes Home® program was developed to ensure that firefighters have the tools they need to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries and promote a culture of safety.
Horry County, SC
The video submitted by Horry County demonstrated how a fitness program can be incorporated by utilizing equipment used every day by firefighters at no cost to the department. Their video promotes elements of Life Safety Initiatives #2 and #6:
- Life Safety Initiative #2 – Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
- Life Safety Initiative #6 – Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.
Bertrand Township, MI
Bertrand Township provided a stark reminder that every day should be used for training and that proper preparation will reduce injuries and save lives. Their video focused on Life Safety Initiatives #1 and #5:
- Life Safety Initiative #1 – Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
- Life Safety Initiative #5 – Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
“By participating in the contest these two departments have demonstrated their commitment to safety and working to ensure that the members of their departments go home at the end of each tour of duty,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, “We applaud their creativity in developing the videos and hope that they continue to see positive results for the work they are doing.”
These fire departments are to be commended for embracing the 16 life safety initiatives and sharing their videos with other firefighters,” said Danielle Cagan with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
For more information about the 16 Life Safety Initiatives or the Everyone Goes Home® programs visit, www.everyonegoeshome.org or contact the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Fireman’s Fund helped to fund the creation of the Everyone Goes Home® program in 2005, as part of their grant program to support firefighters for safer communities. Learn more about their fire department grant program at facebook.com/SupportingFirefighters.