courage to be safe

NFFF FDNY Video, The Courage

by mobrian on April 18, 2009

The National Fallen Fire Fighters asks Do You Have the Courage?

The City of New York Fire Department has put together a great video which coincides with the National Fallen Firefighters and the Courage to be Safe Program.  The video serves as a great reminder of what we all need to do, every day, every job, every shift!

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Do you Have the Courage, Part I

by mobrian on December 22, 2008

The Courage to be Safe, So Everyone Goes Home!

Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences.  The National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation has a great program designed to highlight fire fighter injuries and help reduce these tragedies in the fire service.

The program highlights 16 initiatives, which can be implemented at your department.  The goals can seem lofty, but should be evaluated with a keen eye, to see how your department can improve.  In the first part of this series we will look at the first 8 initiatives:

  1. Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility
  2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service
  3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities
  4. All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices
  5. Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that [click to continue…]

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