and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating
to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability
and personal responsibility.
the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout
the fire service.
greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management
at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.
must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
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.
and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are
equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected
a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the
available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and
investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.
programs should support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate
safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed
protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.
and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire
and life safety program.
must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation
of home fire sprinklers.
must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.
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Policies and Procedures for Emergency Vehicle Safety
year, firefighters and civilians die when vehicles operated by firefighters
are involved in crashes while responding to or returning from emergencies.
Many of these tragedies could be prevented through the proper implementation
and application of standard operating procedures. The resources shown on
this IAFC link will assist fire departments as they research and develop
their own written policies and procedures for emergency vehicle safety.