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|February 4, 2004
Summit to address fire service line-of-duty death prevention initiative
Goal is to reduce firefighter fatalities by 25% within 5 years; 50% within 10 years
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
(NFFF) announced it will hold the first National Line-of-Duty Death Prevention
Summit to publicly address how the fire service can work to reduce firefighter
fatalities within the next five to 10 years. The National Summit, to be
held March 10 and 11, 2004 in Tampa, Florida, will bring together more
than 100 individuals representing numerous fire service organizations.
Given the broad appeal of this initiative, the Foundation is extending
an open invitation to fire service and emergency personnel to participate
in this event.
"When America Burning was written, an average of almost 300 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty each year," U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison reminded us. "Through the efforts of so many dedicated individuals, this number has been reduced to an average of 100 per year, a still unacceptable reality. A rededication and recommitment of the entire fire service and allied professionals to reduce these tragedies further is needed. I applaud the NFFF for this LODD summit opportunity, and know this sharing and team building effort will better serve and protect the lives of America's firefighters."
For more information on the National Fire
Service Line-of-Duty Death Prevention Initiative, the first National Summit,
or the NFFF, visit www.firehero.org.