The Courage To Be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home
The Fire Instructors and Officers Association of New Hampshire is proud to be an active participant in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's nation-wide "Everyone Goes Home" initiative.
About the "Everyone Goes Home" Program
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will play a major role in helping the U.S. Fire Administration meet its stated goal to reduce firefighter fatalities by 25% within 5 years, and by 50% within 10 years. The Foundation sees fire service adoption of the summit's initiatives as a vital step in meeting this goal.
Please visit the program's website, www.everyonegoeshome.org, for more information.
"The Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home" Training
At the heart of "The Courage to Stay Safe" are the gripping, untold stories of LODD survivors, revealing how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death. The program graphically underscores the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths, and promotes the courage to do the right thing so that "Everyone Goes Home®" at the end of the day.
FIOANH Commitment to the "Everyone Goes Home" Program
The FIOANH Board of Directors is committed to this important firefighter safety & injury/death prevention program. Past President Scott Carrigan is the Everyone Goes Home program's New Hampshire Advocate, and the FIOANH has assumed local responsibilities delivering the "Courage To Be Safe" training program in New Hampshire.
The FIOANH Board of Directors further committed that the association will deliver at least ten no-cost open-enrollment "Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home" classes in 2007: one in each New Hampshire county.
If your department is interested in hosting a "Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home" program for your members and neighboring firefighters, please contact Director Michael Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
16 Firefighter Life Safety Initives
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.
2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.
4. All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
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.
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.
7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the initiatives.
8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.
9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.
10. Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
11. National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
12. National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.
13. Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
14. Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.
15. Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.
16. Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.
Note: Some information and text on the page excerpted from www.everygoeshome.com.
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