The Evesham Fire Department is a combination department in Evesham, NJ, that provides a strong emphasis on health and safety to its 80 volunteer and 34 career members. During Safety Stand Down 2017, the department provided daily training involving incident video clips, review of LODD reports related to the Stand Down topic, hands-on SCBA confidence drills, review of firefighter rescue techniques with webbing and personal escape harnesses, review of RIT SCBA and Pack Tracker, and Mayday case studies and video clips. They sent out a press release to local news outlets to make the community aware of the department’s Safety Stand Down initiatives. View full schedule and video links.
The focus on health and safety does not end with Safety Stand Down. The department will continue to emphasize firefighter health and safety, Mayday, RIC, and SCBA confidence in their annual training schedule and live fire training.
In addition, the department has an overall focus on health and safety with its PPE inspection and cleaning program, and its fireground operations protocols requiring SCBA and gas monitoring during overhaul. They also implement weight loss competitions among the staff where each participant puts in $10 at the start of the competition and the winner (greatest amount lost by percentage of total body weight) receives the money at the end.