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International Association of Fire Chiefs National Firefighter Safety Stand Down June 21, 2006

International Association of Fire Chiefs National Firefighter Safety Stand Down June 21, 2006

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International Association of Fire Chiefs National Firefighter Safety Stand Down June 21, 2006

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  1. International Association of Fire ChiefsNational Firefighter Safety Stand Down June 21, 2006 Connecticut Fire Academy

  2. Stand Down Is a method used by the military to correct an issue that has been identified as a problem throughout its ranks.

  3. IAFC President Chief Bill Killen Safety Stand Down to Start June 21 2006 Overview When: Starting Wednesday, June 21, 2006 and continue until all subsequent duty days/shifts have been covered What: Fire departments—career, volunteer and combination—are being urged to suspend all non-emergency activity and instead focus entirely on firefighter safety. This year's Stand Down will highlight emergency vehicle safety.Why: To raise the level of awareness toward fire fighter safety and call attention to the unacceptable number of LODD deaths and injuries. Who: All fire departments and stations What is a stand down?A stand down is a method used by the military to correct an issue that has been identified as a problem throughout its ranks. This stand down is to raise the level of awareness toward fire fighter safety and call attention to the unacceptable number of deaths and injuries plaguing fire departments.

  4. Building on the success of the first National Fire fighter Safety Stand Down in 2005, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Volunteer and Combination Officers' Section of the IAFC have called for a second stand down to be held starting Wednesday, June 21, 2006, and continued until all personnel and duty nights have been covered.  Fire departments are urged to plan to participate in the event. Last year, an estimated 10,000 fire departments participated in the National Firefighter Safety Stand Down. Activities were posted on the IAFC and its partner’s Web sites. The IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the IAFF Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine will be updating the recommended activities, and when those details are developed, they will be distributed.

  5. “Sadly, 106 fire fighters died in the line of duty last year.  Since many of the accidents occurred in department vehicles, we have decided to focus this year’s stand down on emergency vehicle safety, where we can have the most impact. We must take dramatic steps to reduce the alarmingly high fire fighter death and injury rates,” said IAFC President Chief Bill Killen.  “While firefighter safety must be part of everyday life in the fire service, the Safety Stand Down raises awareness of the issue and calls national attention to the unacceptable number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths.” Once again, the IAFC will be reaching out to other fire service organizations to join forces and involve the entire fire service in the event.  Last year, 19 organizations partnered with the IAFC for the first stand down.

  6. Overview • Introduction • Resources • Activities • Improvement Plan

  7. 1. Introduction • ‘The IAFC and its partners are urging you and all fire departments throughout the country to suspend all non-emergency activity and focus entirely on firefighter safety.’ • ‘Talk about line-of-duty deaths; check all apparatus and equipment; discuss health safety regulations; review fire ground safety issues; and take stock of training exercises and fitness goals.’

  8. What can we do to change the trend?

  9. How does the culture of your fire department impact safety?

  10. What can you do to improve safety in the fire service and your department?

  11. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives NIOSH reports NIST simulations NFPA VFIS USFA/NFA IAFC CFSI Firehouse.com Respondersafety.com OSHA FDSOA Firefightrerclosecalls MFRI 2. Resources

  12. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 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.

  13. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 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. The need for safety must start at the top of the organization. It must be practiced by all and enforced as an organizational priority.

  14. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the service.

  15. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the service. The organization shall provide the members with the proper PPE and SCBA to complete their duties. Members shall utilize the PPE and SCBA to carry out their duties as prescribed by the manufacturer and departmental procedures.

  16. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.

  17. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities. Risk Management – NFA- USFA We will risk our lives a lot to protect a savable life. We will risk our lives a little to protect savable property. We will not risk our lives at all in an attempt to protect lives and property that are already lost.

  18. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 4. Empower all firefighters to stop unsafe acts.

  19. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 4. Empower all firefighters to stop unsafe acts. Watch out for our brother and sister firefighters. We need to help each other. Point out unsafe acts before they cause injury or death.

  20. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 5. Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties that they are expected to perform.

  21. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 5. Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties that they are expected to perform. Advocate the use of the Pro Board National Fire Service Professional Qualification system or the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress standards. All responders should be certified to the level of their response capabilities.

  22. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 6. Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties that they are expected to perform.

  23. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 6. Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties that they are expected to perform. Advocate physicals for all members when they join and at yearly intervals.

  24. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relate to the initiatives.

  25. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relate to the initiatives. All jurisdictions should require detailed reports from all departments concerningresponses, incidents, injuries, and fatalities. This report should also include training records for each member.

  26. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.

  27. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety. Use thermal imaging cameras, combustible gas indicators, and charged electric wire alerting devices to indicate dangerous conditions at incidents scenes to response personnel.

  28. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.

  29. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses. Develop a program to define ‘near misses’. Investigate all injuries and near misses. Cooperate with agencies that conduct fatality investigations. Utilize this information to improve the safety and welfare of responders.

  30. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 10. Ensure grant programs support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.

  31. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 10. Ensure grant programs support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement. When writing grant requests include safety criteria as part of the specifications.

  32. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 11. Develop and champion national standards for emergency response policies and procedures.

  33. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 11. Develop and champion national standards for emergency response policies and procedures. Adopt and follow NFPA standards for emergency response such as NFPA 1500 and NFPA 1521. Comply with federal regulations such as 29 CFR 1910.134, Respiratory Protection, and 29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Materials Response. These are examples only. There are numerous standards and regulations that apply to emergency responders.

  34. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 12. Develop and champion national protocols for response to violent incidents.

  35. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 12. Develop and champion national protocols for response to violent incidents. Work with law enforcement agencies to develop and comply with protocols for response to violent incidents.

  36. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 13. Provide firefighters and their families access to counseling and psychological support.

  37. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 13. Provide firefighters and their families access to counseling and psychological support. Develop local and state resources for members and their families for counseling and psychological support services.

  38. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 14. Provide public education more resources and champion it as a critical fire and life safety program.

  39. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 14. Provide public education more resources and champion it as a critical fire and life safety program. Develop your department’s ability to provide public education services to your community. Resources can be obtained in grant requests.

  40. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 15. Strengthen advocacy for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.

  41. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 15. Strengthen advocacy for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers. Provide your members with basic training in the use of the applicable Fire Prevention Code for your jurisdiction . Ascertain the correct procedure to report violations to the responsible agency. Become an advocate for home automatic sprinkler systems. Enlist the assistance of other community groups in your area.

  42. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 16. Make safety a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.

  43. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 16. Make safety a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment. When writing specifications for new apparatus and equipment include the appropriate NFPA specifications. The equipment and apparatus should carry the applicable NFPA approval labels.

  44. NIOSH Reports • Trusses - 2005 Report • Photos • Case studies • Diagrams • Safety practices http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2005-132/

  45. NIOSH FF Fatality Reports • NIOSH investigates most fatalities. • List by states • List of all investigations • Can be used to enhance safety http://www.cdc.gov/

  46. NIOSH Fatality Report • Summary of incident • Recommendations • Photos • Detailed report

  47. NIOSH Alert Reports • Detailed report • Example - Fire ground structural collapse • Expanded coverage needed for one area that affects safety

  48. NIOSH Report BBP • OSHA regulations • Precautions • Preventing needle sticks http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/