Safety Stand Down Starts June 18

Take the quiz for chance to win challenge coin

The 2017 Safety Stand Down is next week, and all fire departments are asked to use this opportunity to focus on training and education relating to this year’s theme of “Mayday, Self Rescue, and Rapid Intervention.” The full week of June 18-24 is designated to allow a chance for all duty shifts to participate.

Many resources and tools are available to help departments plan their Safety Stand Down activities. These include the following:

  • The Safety Stand Down web site has resources and planning materials to help departments participate in this year’s event. A downloadable PowerPoint presentation on mayday, self rescue, and rapid intervention will also be available for download during the week to use as a basis for department training.
  • Take the 2017 Safety Stand Down Quiz to test your knowledge of this year’s theme and be entered to win one of 200 limited edition challenge coins. The quiz is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
  • The Safety Stand Down webinar on Project Mayday, hosted by the IAFC, is now available on demand.
  • The NVFC resource Understanding and Implementing Standards: NFPA 1407 and 1021 includes guidance to help volunteer and combination departments implement NFPA 1407: Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews.
  • Get inspiration on what other departments have planned for this year’s event on the Success Stories page of the Safety Stand Down web site. Tell us what your department will be doing to be added to the page.

Visit the web site at for more information and resources for Safety Stand Down.

The Safety Stand Down is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section and the NVFC, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Fire Service Training Association, the Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the NFPA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, and the U.S. Fire Administration.