FF Life Safety Initiatives Part 2

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  • 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?

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  • 1. Firefighter Life Safety Resource KitFirefighter Life Safety Initiatives Part IIMake Everyday a Training Day…So that Everyone Goes Home c. 2006 NFFF
  • 2. Initiative # 10Grant programs should support theimplementation of safe practices and/ormandate safe practices as an eligibilityrequirement.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Initiative # 11National standards for emergency responsepolicies and procedures should be developedand championed.
  • 5. 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!
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Initiative # 13Firefighters and theirfamilies must have accessto counseling andpsychological support
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. Initiative # 14Public education mustreceive more resourcesand be championed as acritical fire and life safetyprogram
  • 11. 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 .
  • 12. Initiative # 15Advocacy must bestrengthened for theenforcement of codes andthe installation of homefire sprinklers
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. Initiative # 16Safety must be a primaryconsideration in thedesign of apparatus andequipment.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. Self-Evaluation Summary • Is Your Department on the path to a Line of Duty Death ? • Do you know what the path looks like ?
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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