Response Capabilities Ensure that your fire department has and uses appropriate tools, equipment and procedures: Meets appropriate standards Current technology Properly inspected and maintained Used as intended Ensure that every member is capable of performing all expected duties: Training KSAs Professional qualifications Certifications (re-certifications) Performance evaluation Response Policies Establish an automatic downgrade of response based on conditions upon arrival. Downgrade the automatic response of excessive apparatus to low risk incidents. Develop a hot-cold response policy based upon empirical data .
Implementation Develop policy to “stage” – remove the pressure to act. Radio procedures to alert other responders or the dispatch agency of the violent situation. Develop fundamental rules of engagement – “go” or “no go ” How would you treat a known terror event differently then a “typical’ fire ?
Implementation Do not lose sight of the fact that Firefighting is stressful. “ Toughing it out” will likely lead to a bad result Include “stress awareness” in Basic FF I training Ensure services are available and accessible to all firefighters Utilize CISD Teams
Implementation Reduce Incidents Reduce Risks Public Education Code adoption and enforcement Residential sprinklers Make communicating the fire prevention message to the community a priority. Utilize USFA Prevention resources Apply for a Fire Act Grant or seek a corporate sponsor
Implementation Ensure all firefighters understand how sprinkler systems operate and the value the bring to reducing Line of Duty Death’s Actively advocate the installation of sprinklers systems
Ensure systems meet necessary interoperability requirements Include start-of-the-art recommendation (NFPA) in specifications for equipment Does every vehicle meet current design standards for safety? Has every vehicle been inspected … and passed? Do we have criteria for taking vehicles out of service? Do we ensure that all new vehicles incorporate every safety feature?
FF Life Safety Initiatives Part 2
Firefighter Life Safety Resource KitFirefighter Life Safety Initiatives Part IIMake Everyday a Training Day…So that Everyone Goes Home c. 2006 NFFF
Initiative # 10Grant programs should support theimplementation of safe practices and/ormandate safe practices as an eligibilityrequirement.
What Initiative #10 Means There is grant money available for you to begin implementing the initiatives. Grants should, however, be tied to increasing safety measures. No safe practices/no grant. If you ask for a grant to improve health and wellness, for example, recommendations should be made and implemented as a condition of future grants. Take time to learn how to write grants professionally — beginning with the identification of granting sources.
Initiative # 11National standards for emergency responsepolicies and procedures should be developedand championed.
What Initiative #11 Means National Standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed. At the local level, departments may have to increase response times to “arrive alive.” Help to adopt safe driving rules and enforce them. Secure loose objects in cabs and on vehicles. Respond to emergencies using emergency response SOPs; no red lights and sirens to routine calls. Make sure all vehicles meet current safety standards. MOST IMPORTANT: MANDATE SEAT BELT USE!
Initiative # 12 National protocols for response to violent incidents (including terrorism) should be developed and championed. Ky. Firefighter Killed, Second Wounded in Shooting at Scene of Domestic Worst Nightmare: Domestic Dispute Call Turns to Tragedy Memphis: Firefighting Presents More Dangers Than Just FireSix Firefighters Shot, Injured in Indiana ViolenceAll Remain Hospitalized, One Seriously
What Initiative #12 Means Fire and EMS workers deserve to have policies which will reduce their exposure to all threats of violence. Promote policies to “stage” violence incident responses, removing the pressure to react immediately. SOPs should include “GO” and “No- GO” criteria. Learn all you can about responding to terrorist incidents, regardless of your department’s size or proximity to predicted targets.
Initiative # 13Firefighters and theirfamilies must have accessto counseling andpsychological support
What Initiative #13 Means Firefighting is a high-risk occupation which, from time to time, can put the employee and his or her family under extreme stress. They deserve access to mental health care. If you are feeling stress (depression/anxiety or physical symptoms) seek help from physician, EAP counselors, religious or other sources. Don’t “tough it out”; this could lead to bad results for you and your family. Stress-awareness should be part of firefighter training at all levels. Help a buddy you see struggling with stress-related problems.
Initiative # 14Public education mustreceive more resourcesand be championed as acritical fire and life safetyprogram
What Initiative #14 Means Public Education is a responsibility of all fire service personnel. It should not be reserved for one week on October. Increased civilian awareness will decrease firefighter risks. Make communicating the fire prevention message to the community a priority. Utilize USFA resources and materials—they are free and excellent. Become an ambassador for community safety in your church, childrens’ schools, volunteer groups, etc. Become an advocate for code adoption & enforcement .
Initiative # 15Advocacy must bestrengthened for theenforcement of codes andthe installation of homefire sprinklers
What Initiative #15 Means The widespread use of residential sprinklers will improve outcomes for civilians and decrease firefighter injuries and LODDs. Ensure all firefighters understand how sprinkler systems operate and the value they bring to reducing Line of Duty Death’s. Actively advocate for residential sprinkler laws and widespread adoption. If you build a home, consider the installation of a sprinkler system—lead by example.
Initiative # 16Safety must be a primaryconsideration in thedesign of apparatus andequipment.
What Initiative #16 Means Encourage your department to make “safety” the highest priority in equipment and apparatus purchases—as high as design and price. Form an apparatus committee and help set your department’s policies on equipment and apparatus purchases. Read professional journals and attend conferences where new innovations in apparatus and equipment are demonstrated. Learn NFPA standard 1901 regarding apparatus safety standards.
Self-Evaluation Summary • Is Your Department on the path to a Line of Duty Death ? • Do you know what the path looks like ?
Does it Look Like this? • More Accidents • Criminal Charges • Incarceration • Civilian casualty • Firefighter casualties• Older & Heavier• Stiff versus Flexible• High Cholesterol versus Low• Insulin versus Non Insulin• Experience Exchange versus Early Death
IF YOUR DEPARTMENT IS ON THE ROAD TO A LINE OF DUTY DEATH YOU CAN BEGIN TODAY TO CHANGE THE ROAD YOU’RE ON: Watch the videos in the Firefighter Life Safety Resource Kit Conduct an organizational assessment and implement changes Encourage and reward positive changes toward safety
Make a Commitment TODAY… Become an ADVOCATE for the16 FIREFIGHTER LIFE SAFETY INITIATIVES For more information on theCourage To Be Safe…So Everyone Goes Home program www.everyonegoeshome.com