Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 9:09 am
The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the U.S. Fire Administration have launched an initiative to identify individual and organizational behaviors that adversely impact firefighter health and safety and to develop strategies to mitigate them. The IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section will lead the study.
“This study will promote a stronger health and safety culture in the fire service, advocating for organizational leadership and personal responsibility to reduce on-duty fatalities and injuries,” U.S. Fire Administration Ernest Mitchell said in a prepared statement.
This study supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Life-Safety Initiative No. 1: Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating tosafety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
“There is a fundamental need for this type of research that promotes positive behaviors and effectively leads to the further reduction of firefighter fatalities and injuries,” IAFC President Hank Clemmensen said in a prepared statement.