Take Part in Safety Stand Down, June 16-22

Safety Stand Down homeSafety Stand Down is just around the corner, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) encourages all fire departments to participate by suspending non-emergency activities the week of June 16-22 to focus on training and education relating to this year’s theme – Fire Training: Back to Basics.

Training is the foundation of any fire department. It is what prepares firefighters to be ready to respond to fires and a vast array of other emergencies so they can effectively and safely protect their communities. It is critical that training programs meet the needs of the firefighters, department, and community. This year’s Safety Stand Down theme emphasizes the importance of training by reinforcing proper strategies and tactics with a focus on the fundamentals.

The week will be broken into five daily focus areas: building the foundation of a training program, assessing the needs of the community and department, safety during training, physical and behavioral health considerations, and the 12 Foundations of Fire Department Training.

To help departments participate, resources and planning tools are available on the Safety Stand Down web site at www.safetystanddown.org. This includes the 12 Foundations of Fire Department Training flyer and poster, activity ideas, motivational tools, and more.

In addition, the Safety Stand Down Sweepstakes Quiz is now live – take the 10-question quiz by June 19 to test your knowledge of this year’s theme and enter to win one of 200 limited-edition challenge coins.

Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the NVFC, International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section, National Fire Protection Association®, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Held each year during the third week of June, the campaign works to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths in the fire and emergency services.

Learn more and access resources at www.safetystanddown.org.