Culture is Focus for Safety and Health Week

"Creating a Culture of Safety" has been named as the theme for this year's International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) ask that all non-emergency activity time is spent focusing on topics related to the theme. This year's event runs from June 14 - 20.

“Creating a culture of safety in our departments and communities is the first step to effectively protecting life and property,” said IAFC President G. Keith Bryant. “I encourage chiefs, chief officers and everyone in the fire and emergency service to fully embrace and participate this year in International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week.”

Creating a Culture of Safety emphasizes both the need to change attitudes and behaviors to foster an environment that embraces safety and the need to proactively reduce risk. The entire fire and emergency service community can work together to eliminate preventable tragedy and minimize the immediate and long-term risks of emergency response.

There are three areas that to focus on in June:

“Creating a culture of safety will result in fewer fatalities, injuries and illnesses, resulting in a stronger, more resilient fire and emergency service,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “I strongly encourage all fire and emergency service departments and personnel to use the 2015 Safety and Health Week to focus on what they can do to make health and safety a priority at the community, department and individual levels. Together, we can achieve culture change and reduce the risks our responders face.”

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