Taking place each year during the third full week of June, Safety Stand Down highlights critical safety, health, and survival issues for fire and emergency services personnel. Departments are asked to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week to focus their attention on safety and health education efforts. A week is provided to ensure that all duty shifts can participate.
The 2021 Safety Stand Down takes place June 20-26. The theme is “Rebuild Rehab.” This theme focuses on the critical importance of physical and psychological rehab to mitigate the physiological and mental impacts of firefighting. The goal is to make sure everyone is ready to respond to the next emergency. The expectation is that departments will re-visit rehab procedures to ensure that post-incident protocol covers all areas of health and safety, including cardiac, nutrition, exposure, psychological, hydration, and heat stress. Read press release.
The 2021 Safety Stand Down focuses on redefining and rebuilding rehab policies to encompass all areas of post-incident health and wellness. View training materials and resources for this theme so that you can plan your department’s activities this June.
A webinar with a panel of subject matter experts will take place to discuss different aspects of this year’s Safety Stand Down theme. Details will be available in the coming weeks.
The National Fire Protection Association, in coordination with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council, annually hosts an online Safety Stand Down Quiz. 200 quiz takers will receive a limited-edition challenge coin. The quiz will launch in May.
Read how other departments participated in Safety Stand Down and submit your own department’s success story to help inspire others.