If the public only did one thing to make your lives safer, it should be ...
I work for a company in Indiana (Envisage) that builds software to help first responder organizations ensure they are trained, equipped and ready to respond. We are also working to improve the news and analytical content we publish online.
One of my tasks at the moment is to create a series of infographics, aimed at the general public, detailing ways citizens should respond to emergency events to help improve the safety of the officers and agents on scene. One example we use in discussions a lot is being pulled over on the highway. We would identify 5-7 things to consider in such situations that will help the authorities do their jobs as safely as possible.
Since firefighters are one profession of interest to us, we would like input from you on what information would be most helpful for the general public to know. We are still in the brainstorming phase of this project, so you could offer a specific bit of wisdom the public should know, or describe a situation that is made more difficult by citizen mistakes or inaction.
What are the most important things the public could do to make your lives safer when you are doing your job?