Departments advised to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of
June 20th to 26th
National Council of Voluntary Firemen
Firefighting puts great pressure on firefighters, both physically and mentally. It is essential that firefighters receive a comprehensive rehabilitation program after fire incidents or intense training to ensure their physiological and psychological well-being. To solve this problem, the theme of the Security 2021 campaign is “Rebuilding rehabilitation”.
Sponsored by International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section, the National Council of Voluntary Firemen (NVFC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this year’s Safety Stand Down will take place from 20 to 26 June and will draw attention to the need for physical and psychological rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation often does not receive the consideration it deserves. Many think that simply providing food and drink to firefighters is a rehabilitation program. The 2021 Safety Stand Down challenges departments to reshape their thinking around rehabilitation to mitigate all the impacts of firefighting and ensure that everyone is ready to respond to the next emergency. Rehabilitation should cover all areas of post-incident health, including cardiac, nutrition, exposure, mental health, hydration and heat stress.
Response agencies are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 20-26, in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme. An entire week has been scheduled to ensure that all shifts and personnel can participate and access the topical information, training and resources that are available at www.safetystanddown.org. The website will be updated periodically with new tools and resources that lead to Safety Stand Down so that departments can plan their education and awareness activities.
The NFPA will once again host the Fire Service Safety Questionnaire to raise awareness and promote greater understanding of this year’s theme. Anyone who answers the online questionnaire will automatically enter a drawing; 200 randomly selected participants will win a commemorative coin for the Safety Stand Down challenge.
Safety Stand Down is supported by national and international fire and emergency services organizations, including the Fire Department Safety Officers Association.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency personnel worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, responding to terrorism, responding to hazards, natural disasters, search and rescue and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has offered a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and discover the latest products and services available to first respondents. Learn more at www.iafc.org.
About the National Council of Voluntary Firemen (NVFC)
NVFC is the leading nonprofit association representing the interests of voluntary fire services, EMS and rescue. NVFC acts as the volunteer voice in the national arena and provides essential resources, programs, education and advocacy for first responders across the country. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, self-funded non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating deaths, injuries, property and economic losses due to fire, electricity and related risks. The 125-year-old association provides information and knowledge through more than 300 codes and standards for consensus, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and partnering with others who share an interest in promoting the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.