Developing Department Safety Awareness

TOPIC: Developing Department Safety Awareness TIME REQUIRED: 3 Hours MATERIALS: Appropriate Audio-Visual Materials RESOURCES/REFERENCES: Handout: Life Safety Summit Initiatives from National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF...

  14. Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety


  15. Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire


  16. Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.

B. National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) reports

C. National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) simulations

D. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

E. Volunteer Firefighters Insurance Service (VFIS)

F. United States Fire Administration (USFA)

G. National Fire Academy (NFA)

H. International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

I. Maryland State Firefighters Association (MSFA)




M. Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS)


O. Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute (MFRI)

III. Activities (EO 1-3)

A. Station operations

  1. Moment of silence

  2. Verify vehicle and apparatus checks completed on a routine schedule

  3. Physicals for all members?

  4. Designated safety officer?

B. Responding and returning

  1. Does your department allow POV?

  2. Driver qualifications verified

  3. Spotters!!

  4. Area familiarization

C. Fireground operations

  1. Use of IMS/ICS/NIMS

  2. Always have a safety officer

  3. Review and follow SOP’s/SOG’s

  4. Mandatory SCBA use

  5. Review and follow accountability system

D. Other Emergency incidents

  1. Follow departmental infection control guidelines

  2. Ensure existence of highway safety procedures

  3. Special teams emergencies – what can your department do?

E. Training

  1. Follow AHJ minimum training requirements – no exceptions

  2. Instructors must be qualified

  3. Understand and follow NFPA 1403

  4. Driver’s training and recertification

IV. Plan of Action (EO 1-4)

A. Identify personal areas of weakness

B. Identify departmental areas of weakness

C. List what can be fixed immediately

D. List what requires more planning/money

E. Solicit input from members

  1. Starts

  2. Stops

  3. Continues

F. Make a plan – don’t shoot from the hip

G. Review/revise as necessary

H. Don’t be afraid to enforce what you demand


TOPIC: Safety Stand Down

STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVE (SPO): Given information from discussion, handouts and reading materials, the member will focus on the troubling question of how to prevent firefighter line-of-duty deaths.


   • Introduction

   • Resources

   • Activities

   • Plan of Action