Since 2004, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has sponsored three major Firefighter Life Safety Summits, and several mini-summits to support on-going research.
The first Firefighter Life Safety Summit occurred in Tampa, Florida in March 2004, when more than 200 individuals gathered representing a broad spectrum of the fire service and related organizations. All came to Tampa with one goal in mind: dig deep to articulate policies and training programs to drastically reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs). Following the event, and in coordination with the major supporting organizations, the NFFF released a set of 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, and inaugurated the Everyone Goes Home® campaign to educate the fire service on one unified agenda for reducing LODDs. Following this event, over the next few years, the NFFF sponsored five mini-summits to support Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives outreach. This mini-summits focused on the areas of: Wildland Firefighting, Structural Firefighting, Emergency Vehicles and Road Safety, Health, Wellness & Fitness, and Fire Prevention.
In 2007, a second major summit was held in Novato, California. The purpose of this summit was to reaffirm the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and to review work and make suggestions on 16 white papers that had been prepared by subject matter experts. The participants were asked to focus on each of the specific initiatives and propose key strategies to achieve results outlined in the white papers.
In March of 2014, at the 10-year anniversary of the first Tampa summit, it became clear that it was time to assemble again—to assess how far the fire service had come in implementing the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and in achieving the LODD reduction goals. It was also the appropriate time to ask whether the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives are still on-target and to develop priorities and strategies for the next decade. TAMPA2, as it became known, sought to bring a similar group of fire service leaders together, but with an added focus on the company officer/crew boss and the next generation of leadership.
National Summit Reports
- National Summit
March 10-11, 2004 – (Tampa, FL)
- Second National Summit
March 3 – 4, 2007 – (Novato, CA)
- National Summit – TAMPA2
March 10–12, 2014 – (Tampa, FL)
Mini Summit Reports
- Wildland Firefighter Summit
February 1, 2005 – (San Diego, CA)
- Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program Summit
April 13, 2005 – (Indianapolis, IN)
- Structural Firefighting Summit
July 27, 2005 – (Baltimore, MD)