15 initiatives to help
by Patrick Pauly
||I was humbled and honored to be among
fire service representatives that attended the National Fallen Firefighters
Foundation’s (NFFF) first ever Line Of Duty Death and Injury Prevention
Summit held in Tampa, Florida this week.
Guests were invited from all over the United
States in hope that 50 to 80 fires service persons and sponsors could attend
this event. The 200 participants proved the overwhelming importance
of this topic. Chief and Executive Director Ron Siarnicki of the
NFFF orchestrated the Summit along with the assistance of numerous corporate
sponsors and the assisitance of several fires departments in an around
Tampa, Florida. The goal of the Summit: Reduce firefighter deaths by 25%
in the next 5 years and by 50% in the next 10 years, recently stated by
the United State Fire Administration.
A joint assembly was held to begin the
ceremonies. Introductions of key persons and addresses occurred including
attendance by several LODD “survivors”. Then the work began as statistics
of annual Line Of Duty Deaths (LODD) were presented and discussed.
The group was then split into 6 different working groups to focus on major
areas of our business that keep killing firefighters. Those groups
subdivided into task groups and worked late into the day on methods to
prevent future LODD. Late in the day the sub-groups reported back
to their working groups and voted on the most important issues to reduce
firefighter deaths. Those were then reported back the next morning
to the entire group when they reconvened. There were a total of fifteen
inititatives in the final report.
A press release is included from the NFFF
with this article. It can also be read and printed from their website
About the author: Patrick Pauly has
spent nearly 34 years in the fire service. He is employed full-time as
a Fire Service Education Specialist at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy,
teaching and coordinating the activities of the Resident and “Academy On
The Road” training programs. His main topic areas are structural fire fighting,
safety and survival, and fire fighter rescue. As a volunteer he spent 31
years in the Lewistown, PA Fire Department, the last 7 as Deputy Chief.
He is currently 1st Asst. Chief with the West Granville Fire Co. Pat is
nationally certified as a Fire Fighter III, Fire Instructor II, and Fire
Officer I, and was a PA Certified EMT for 26 years. He holds an Associates
degree in Computer Science Technology.