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Everyone Goes Home® – Wildfire Listening Sessions

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:34

As the incidence of fire in the wildland and the wildland-urban interface (WUI) continues to rise across the nation, so does the number of firefighters and their families affected by occupational accidents, injuries, and deaths. To counter this trend and address the specific health and safety risk factors of all firefighters who respond to these fires, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is introducing the effective Everyone Goes Home® (EGH) program to the wildland fire community.

Chief Tom Harbour, who recently retired as Director of National Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service with more than 40 years of wildland firefighting experience, is coordinating this effort. As a first step, the NFFF recently hosted six regional listening sessions for stakeholders across the country, to explore questions, answers, and approaches to the problem of reducing wildland fire line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Between October 2017 and February 2018, listening sessions were held in these six cities:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Sacramento, California
  • Orlando, Florida

Participants representing every sector of wildland firefighting brought their voices to the table. This of course included what we traditionally think of as wildland firefighters – those of national natural resource management organizations, state, county, and local forestry departments, and contract agencies. But it’s important to remember that not all wildland firefighters wear yellow shirts. For example, ranchers in the west, whose grazing lands are their livelihood, have organized into Ranch Fire Protection Agencies, or RFPAs, and are the first due agencies on many public lands. RFPAs were represented at the listening sessions in both Portland and Boise.

It’s also important to note that fatalities and injuries occur disproportionately among firefighter from agencies whose primary mission is NOT wildland firefighting. In 2016, one-third of the firefighters who died in the line of duty while fighting wildland fire were what we think of as “blue shirts,” or structural firefighters. These members of volunteer, combination, and career departments are often under-trained and ill-equipped to be on the front lines of a wildland or WUI fire. Their voice is important to include in this effort, and all levels of personnel from departments in jurisdictions of all sizes were represented at each of the listening sessions.

Throughout the six regions, one message was clear – it’s time to bring the safety culture of Everyone Goes Home® and the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to all firefighters, including those at risk while responding to wildland and WUI fires. Input from the six listening sessions will guide development of wildland-specific EGH resources and materials to be disseminated to individual firefighters through collaborative efforts and partnerships. The plan guiding this effort will be presented in April 2018 at a meeting in Washington, D.C. of national wildland fire leadership, including heads of national natural resource and constituency organizations, federal agencies, and state and national level forestry leaders. For more information about the NFFF and EGH’s wildland fire line-of-duty death and injury reduction efforts, contact Tom Harbour at tom@harbourfire.com.

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Attributes of Leading Train-the-Trainer to Be Held at Firehouse World

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:10

Using the newly produced National Fallen Firefighters Foundation video series named Attributes of Leading, Kevin Conant and Brian Crandall will offer an a new course during Firehouse World 2018. This interactive, case study-based train-the-trainer program is intended to build more effective company and chief officers.

Attributes of Leading participants will practice effective leading actions, including facilitated discussion techniques and methods for implementing the techniques at their own departments.

The course will be held on both Wednesday, March 7, 2018 and Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Sessions are limited to 12 students each; students may register for this course on the Firehouse World website.

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Apply to Be an Everyone Goes Home® Advocate

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:05
What is an Everyone Goes Home® Advocate?

Advocates will be expected to represent their state in the promotion, presentation, and awareness of Firefighters Life Safety Initiatives. They will serve as the eyes and ears of the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program for their state.

What it means to be an advocate

“For me, being an Advocate, it is the highest calling a firefighter can have. Our mission is to protect those who protect America. A successful Advocate must lead by example and have an intense desire to make a difference in the life of other firefighters and their families.”

“As an advocate for the Everyone Goes Home® program I feel it is my responsibility to supply the leaders of all ranks the information they need to discover within themselves what it takes to make the cultural change and to ensure the reduction of LODDs. We must strive to live these ideals ourselves every day.”

Responsibilities
  • Monitor and review programs presented within your region that are relative to Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
  • Attend, represent, or arrange to have a designate attend or participate in activities, events, programs, and training where there is an opportunity to promote Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives or assist in their implementation.
  • Develop a reporting and sharing plan between you and the State/Local Advocates as well as with the Firefighter Life Safety Initiative Program team.
  • Share with the Firefighter Life Safety Initiative Program team awareness and knowledge of activity within your region.
  • Keep abreast of new developments and trends; make recommendation to Firefighter Life Safety Initiative Program team on desirable additions or suggested changes to enhance program and/or process.
  • Participate in periodic teleconferences with regional representatives.
  • Identify and report on best practices within your state.
  • Submit stories or provide input for the newsletter. Make recommendations for Seal of Excellence recipients.
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It’s Time for a Hero Campaign Marks Burn Awareness Week

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:32

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to join The Phoenix Society during Burn Awareness Week 2018 to empower burn survivors, to show burn survivors as positive role models, and to raise awareness and acceptance by sharing the real-life stories of those recovering from a burn injury.

In the movies we watch, characters with burn scars share the same damaging stereotypes. They are evil, ashamed of their scars, masked, alone…and these are just a few examples! We see the same stories over and over again, but how often do we pause to think of the impact they have on real people with scars?

As young burn survivors look for role models in movies and TV, they find only villains, vigilantes, and victims with scars like theirs. They don’t see burn survivors save the day, make friends, or fall in love. So we think it’s time for a better story. It’s time for a hero.

Campaign Goals
  1. EMPOWER SURVIVORS by celebrating the strength of real-world survivors and providing tools to fight for better media representation.
  2. BUILD ACCEPTANCE by showing the real stories behind burn scars and decreasing stigma against burn survivors.
  3. INCREASE AWARENESS by calling attention to negative stereotypes and their impact on those recovering from a burn injury.
Spread the Word Here’s how you can help bring awareness to this issue and join the fight for better representation:
  • Visit Phoenix Society’s website to learn more about media representation and its impact on burn survivors.
  • Follow Phoenix Society on Facebook to share stories, graphics, and videos throughout Burn Awareness Week.
  • Attend Phoenix Society’s Grand Rapids panel, It’s Time For A Hero: Scars in Pop Culture. You can join us in person or via Facebook Live.
  • Join the conversation by posting a message about media representation of burn scars on your own channels. Tag Phoenix Society so we can share with our followers.
  • If you’d like to do a fundraiser or employee engagement campaign during Burn Awareness Week, contact Phoenix Society for more information.

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Everyone Goes Home® Program Wants Your SOPs

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:06

The Everyone Goes Home® Program collecting information about SOPs on the following topics to highlight best practices. What are your department’s SOPs for:
• Cancer Reduction
• Violent Incidents
• Mental Health
• Response Policies

If you have information to share on these, or any other relevant topics facing today’s fire service, please email them to sops@everyonegoeshome.com.

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