Firefighter Training

LIFE SAFETY INITIATIVES

Issue 2 and Volume 159.

In March 2004, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) hosted a summit that produced 16 initiatives to serve as a blueprint for reducing firefighter deaths and serious injury. Condensed into bullets, the 16 initiatives follow:• Define and advocate the need for cultural change in the fire service.• Enhance personal and organizational accountability.• Focus attention on risk management.• Empower firefighters to stop unsafe acts.• Develop national training/qualification standards.• Develop national physical fitness standards.• Create a national research and data system relative to the initiatives.• Use technology as it relates to health and safety.• Investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.• Ensure grant programs of safe practices.• Develop national response procedures.• Develop national procedures to violent incidents.• Provide firefighters and their families access to counseling.• Provide resources for public education in fire and life safety.• Advocate residential sprinklers.• Make safety a design consideration for apparatus. Except for the acquisition of resources…

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