All fire and EMS departments are encouraged to participate in Safety Stand Down June 16-22, 2019. The below resources are available to help your department plan activities for the week.
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Click here to share your department’s safety and health resources, media coverage, activities you are planning for Safety Stand Down, and success stories from your department.
Safety Stand Down Webinars
Webinars highlighting this year’s theme are provided to further help departments and individuals participate in Safety Stand Down.
Surviving the Job: Developing the 11 Best Practices Into Your Daily Routines
Presented by Chief Brian McQueen, NVFC and Chief John M. Buckman III, IAFC-VCOS
Cancer is a serious threat facing today’s fire service, but there are easy and low-cost ways you can lower your risks. The NVFC is hosting a webinar that will explain how to incorporate the life-saving practices from the Lavender Ribbon Report into your daily routines in order to reduce your exposure risks and protect yourself and your fellow firefighters from occupational cancer. Watch recorded webinar.
Understanding Human Performance and Preventing Cancer
Presented by Clay Haberkorn & Dana Brown, Fire Near Miss
The Human Performance initiative is about the elevation of peoples’ performance in the organization and how to get them to reach their full potential. The purpose of the Human Performance webinar is to help members of the first responder community to develop and implement an evaluative tool for reducing risk and cancer exposure. Human Performance, and recognizing inefficiencies, is key to increasing the longevity of the first responder community. The goal is to understand and identify best practices early in your career that will allow you to work healthy and retire healthy. Watch recorded webinar.
Live W-E-L-L Webinar
Clay Haberkorn & Dana Brown, Fire Near Miss
The Live W-E-L-L webinar is an interpretive class based on the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer, released by the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and National Volunteer Fire Council. The webinar session is designed to inspire discussion and planning regarding preventive cancer measures. The acronym W-E-L-L is the webinar instructors’ ideology of compressing the 11 best practices cited in the Lavender Ribbon Report into a four-letter acronym to help promote best practice and healthy approaches to firefighter safety. Cancer in the fire service is a real threat to all of us. This presentation will help frame and define positive human performance that will help you develop policy, best practice and standards for your department. Link coming soon!
Safety Stand Down Podcasts
The IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section released a podcast on Reducing Firefighters’ Cancer Risk to introduce the theme of this year’s Safety Stand Down. Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht, UC Davis (CA), and Fire Chief (Ret.) Louie Bright, Dallas (TX) Fire and Rescue, share their experiences addressing firefighter cancer, strategies they employed to reduce this risk, and the tools and resources available for Safety Stand Down. Listen now.
The Harrisonburg Fire Department and Rocktown Emergencies released to podcasts in conjunction with the 2019 Safety Stand Down:
- Podcast with Bryan Frieders, president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
- Podcast with Dr. Denise Smith from Skidmore University
Safety and Health Training
Specific training tools and messages for this year’s Safety Stand Down are available on the Resources page.
Find additional training from the following sources:
Safety and Health Week Quiz Sweepstakes
The NFPA, in coordination with the NVFC and IAFC, annually hosts an online Safety Stand Down Quiz to reinforce the messages behind the event’s theme. Department personnel can participate in the quiz to test their knowledge and be entered for a chance to win one of 200 Safety Stand Down challenge coins. Take quiz now.
Safe + Sound Week
OSHA, along with over 30 partner organizations, are holding a Safe + Sound Week August 12-18. This nationwide event is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the value of proactive safety and health programs in workplaces. The website includes resources to help plan events and activities during the week as well as register your participation and find events across the country.