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Title: Courage To Be Safe


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Courage To Be Safe So Everyone Goes Home
The New Jersey Program
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NFFF Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program
Team
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The Beginning
  • Focus Group
  • (FRI, August 03)
  • LODD Summit
  • (Tampa, March 04)
  • SIX DOMAINS
  • Health and Fitness
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Structural Operations
  • Training and General Research
  • Wildland Operations
  • Fire Prevention

4
Program Goal for Firefighter Fatalities
Five Years (2009) 25 Reduction Ten
Years (2014) 50 Reduction
5
Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program
  • The Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives program
    is made possible through the efforts of the
    National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with
    funding provided by the Department of Homeland
    Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant and
    the generosity of Firemens Fund Insurance.

6
Program Tasks
  • Implement and advocate 16 Firefighter Life Safety
    Initiatives to all Fire Departments.
  • Deliver Training Packages to 32,000 Fire
    Departments.
  • Develop, launch and maintain a website
  • Conduct Mini-Summits for each domain
  • Foster Development of Research Centers
  • Technology Transfer
  • Foster Demonstration Projects
  • Decrease LODD through education

7
Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program
  • PROGRESS TO DATE

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Newsletter
  • Compiled and distributed an electronic monthly
    newsletter

9
Mini Summits
  • Conducted three mini summits and a forum in
    conjunction with major fire conferences
  • San Diego-FireHouse World
  • Indianapolis-FDIC
  • Baltimore-FireHouse Expo
  • Denver IAFC FRI (forum)

10
Demonstration Project
  • Developed the CTBS-EGH presentation for
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Delaware
  • Ohio

11
The Firefighter Life Safety Initiative Program
Goal
  • Deliver training resources necessary to enable
    fire departments to implement the 16 Firefighter
    Life Safety Initiatives.
  • So Everyone Goes Home

12
Training Packages
  • Partnered with North American Fire Training
    Directors National Fire Academy Program
    Development Specialists
  • Facilitated peer review of content by Educational
    Advisory Board

13
Training Packages
  • Provide Training Packages to all 32,000 U.S.
    Fire Departments for implementing the 16
    Initiatives.

14
Outreach
  • Enhance the Speakers Bureau-Survivors
  • Delivered presentations at major venues and fire
    department conventions.
  • Produced LODD, The Untold Story of the
    Survivors presented at FDIC and Maryland Fire
    Convention to audience of nearly 2,000.

15
Seal of Excellence
  • Developed the Seal of Excellence Program to
    recognize departments with best Line of Duty
    Prevention practices

SEAL OF EXCELLENCE
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Courage to be Safeso Everyone Goes
HomeFirefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program
  • Thoughts from the Leadership of our Nations Fire
    Service
  • Fire Ground Safety-DVD
  • Dave Daniels-IAFC SS Sec
  • Denis Rubin-Chief-DCFEMS
  • Hal Bruno-Chairman-NFFF
  • Ron Siarnicki-Exec Dir-NFFF
  • Alan Brunacini-Chief (Ret.)
  • Tom Brennan-Chief (Ret.)

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Courage To Be Safe So Everyone Goes Home
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Presentation Objectives
  • Examine New Jersey Line of Duty Deaths from 1981
    to 2007
  • Recognize the impact New Jersey firefighter
    fatalities have on associated groups of people.
  • Examine the 16 Life Safety Initiatives
  • and how they relate to Your Department.

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  • Presentation Objectives
  • Develop strategies for turning the 16 Initiatives
    into action steps.
  • Provide critical follow up in support of the goal
    that Everyone Goes Home.

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INSANITY
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • The definition of insanity is doing the same
    thing over andover and expecting different
    results

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Attitudes and Beliefs
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Is this an Attitude or Belief ?
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Is this a New Jersey Attitude and Belief
?
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Is this a New Jersey Attitude or Belief ?
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Does this picture capture an Attitude or
Belief for you?
While a picture often captures Attitudes
and Beliefs a picture can also capture the
Courage to be Safe.
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Is this picture an Attitude or Belief from
YOUR DEPARTMENT?
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Attitude and Disbelief
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A total of 3,246 firefighters died in the
line-of-duty from 1981 to present.
Meaning that one firefighter died, on average, in
the United States every 78 hours over this 26
year period.
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New York 623  Kansas 29 Pennsylvania 207  Minne
sota 29 California 144 Louisiana 29 Texas 131 W
est Virginia 28 Illinois 123 Arizona 28 New
Jersey 122 (07) Idaho 26 Ohio 88 Arkansas 25
Florida 72 New Mexico 25 Massachusetts 68 Iowa
24 North Carolina 66 Vermont 18 Michigan 63  M
aine 18 Missouri 62 Nebraska 17 Maryland 60 Mo
ntana 13 Indiana 57 Wyoming 12 Oregon 55 New
Hampshire 12 Tennessee 54 Nevada 12 Connecticut
53 South Dakota 7 Virginia 47  Rhode
Island 7 South Carolina 46  Delaware 7 Kentucky
46 Dist. of Columbia 7 Washington 46 Utah 6 Geo
rgia 48  Hawaii 5 Wisconsin 42  North
Dakota 4 Mississippi 39  Alaska 3 Oklahoma 38 
Puerto Rico 3 Alabama 38 Guam
1 Colorado 31
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WHY New Jersey?
New Jersey ADOPTS
New Jersey has approximately 41,283 certified
Firefighters in our State. We have 49 all
Career departments and 596 Volunteer/Combinatio
n departments. There are approximately 7,600
career Firefighters and approximately
33,350 Volunteer Firefighters in our State.
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  • Why New Jersey ?
  • From 1981 to PRESENT, New Jersey has recorded at
    least one Line Of Duty Death.
  • During the decade of the 80s, New Jersey
    recorded 48 LODDs.
  • 1988 was our deadliest year ever with 11 Line of
    Duty Deaths recorded. Why?

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  • In order to understand NJ LODDs, we must
    identify the ROOT CAUSE for each LODD- recorded
    in our State.
  • NIOSH
  • www.cdc.gov/niosh

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What are New Jerseys Root Causes?
  • Is it a Myth or Fact that because we have
    over 40,950 firefighters in our State, our
    chances of experiencing a LODD are just
    naturally high?
  • Is it a Myth or a Fact that the New Jersey
    Fire Service is not doing enough, individually or
    collectively, to prevent the next LODD?

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  • Are the following NJ Root Causes?
  • True or False? The Fire Service in New Jersey
    remains very fractionalized, with too many
    organizations trying to speak for everyone.
  • True of False? We cant change the culture of the
    Fire Service in New Jersey.
  • True or False? The New Jersey Fire Service is
    afraid to adopt LODD preventative measures?

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  • Are these more NJ Root Causes?
  • In New Jersey. True or False?
  • You cant tell a Volunteer what to do and when to
    do it.
  • There needs to be separate Standards and
    Guidelines for Volunteers and Career personnel.
  • Volunteerism ends with the application process.
  • Fires do not distinguish between Volunteer,
    Career, Part paid, On-Call, and neither
    do LODDs.

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National Root Causes
  • 1) Inadequate Leadership
  • 2) Lack of effective policy procedures
  • 3) Inappropriate Decisions
  • 4) Incompetence
  • 5) Public indifference
  • 6) Cultural influences

Do these sound familiar? If they do, you have
work to do!
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New Jersey Facts or Fiction ?
Home Rule still rules in NJ. Command Officers
are Clubhouse rules elected by popularity
and Lack of Leadership on the not by
competency. incident scene.
An indifferent public, Lack of
accountability for unaware of the services
actions and/or inaction. your
department provides. Tradition we have always
done it this way.
No Alcohol or Drug policy/ enforcement.
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  • WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW What could change your
life and help prevent the next Line of Duty Death
on the very next call? Does the Vocal Minority
speak for the Silent Majority?
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  • The Gift from
    Captain Buscio

201-216-3055 is a number which can SAVE or CHANGE
your life. The Captain Buscio Program is
administered through the Saint Barnabas Medical
Center. There are no OUT OF POCKET expenses, to
any NJ Firefighter, for this program.
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  • How the Captain Buscio Program
    Works
  • Have the Courage to be Safe and call the number
    !
  • Open to all NJ FF-career, volunteer, wildland.
  • IF further tests are warranted, based upon the
    initial examination, you will be asked to come
    back for a more comprehensive physical including
    pulmonary function tests stress tests and
    laboratory work.
  • The test results are completely confidential.
    This program has saved many NJ Firefighters
    lives!
  • You must have proof of insurance to qualify.
  • The program is at UMD NJ in Newark or
  • Deborah Hospital in Browns Mills.

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  • In 2005 35 States experienced a LODD. (New York
    -17 CA 9 TX 8 PA 7 KY 6 NJ 5)
    were the top 6.
  • The average LODD age in the U.S. for 2005 was 46
    .
  • The average age for a Heart Attack LODD, in 2005
    was 49
  • In New Jersey, the average 2006 LODD age was 48.
    (Oldest 77
    Youngest 21)
  • In New Jersey, the average 2007 LODD age was 50

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  • From 1981 to 2007 There are only 6 years where
    New Jersey has recorded 2 or fewer LODDs 1981
    1982 1990 1992 1997 1998.
  • 15 Times in the last 27 Years, New Jersey has
    recorded 5 or more LODDS 1983, 1986, 1987,
    1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002,
    2004, 2005, 2006.

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  • From 2000 to now New Jersey recorded 40 LODDs.
  • If this trend continues, this decade would be the
    deadliest ever recorded for New Jersey
    Firefighters.
  • We had 5 Line of Duty Deaths in 2007.
  • John Broom-Smith-Seaside Stephen
    Dembski-Ridgefield Park, Cornelius Nolton-Newark
    Donald Wallis-Forked River Walter Fagan-East
    Greenwich Twp.

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The American Fire Service needs strong Leadership
we can provide it we know how to kill most
of our members Lets PROVE we know how to bring
them home ALIVE. Our actions will speak louder
than our words.
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  • New Jersey Line of Duty Deaths This
    Decade.

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  • New Jersey Firefighters Killed in
    2000
  • Ralph H Jones 37 Career
    Heart Attack
  • Daniel King 21
    Volunteer Struck By
  • Ronald J Osadcz 36 Volunteer
    Heart Attack
  • Earnest J Ousley 49 Career
    Unknown

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  • New Jersey Firefighters Killed
    in 2001
  • Lawrence J. Webb 37 Career
    Caught/Trapped
  • Albert Tirado 40 Career
    Caught/Trapped
  • James T. Heenan 37 Volunteer
    Caught/Trapped
  • George Danielson Jr. 77 Volunteer
    Struck By
  • Willie Barnes 66 Volunteer
    Heart Attack

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  • New Jersey Firefighters Killed in
    2002
  • John D. West, Sr. 40 Career
    Struck By
  • James E. Sylvester 31 Volunteer
    Struck By
  • Thomas Stewert III 30 Career
    Struck By
  • Robert W. Feeney 41 Volunteer
    Heart Attack
  • George F. Batelli 55 Volunteer
    Heart Attack

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  • New Jersey Firefighters Killed in 2003
  • Roy E Prouty 39 Volunteer
    Heart Attack
  • Woodrow Pinkerton 63 Volunteer Struck
    By
  • George Petrosky 78 Volunteer
    Fall
  • Ronald Fitzpatrick 68 Volunteer
    Heart Attack

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New Jersey Firefighters Killed in 2004
Leslie W. Grant Jr. 46 Volunteer
Stroke Glenn Galderisi 52
Volunteer Heart Attack Joseph S. Pepe III
48 Career Heart Attack Thomas
J. Conway 78 Volunteer Heart Attack
James DHeron 51 Career
Caught/Trapped William J Lightbody 46
Volunteer Heart Attack
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  • New Jersey Firefighters Killed
    in 2005
  • William Pierce 54
    Volunteer Heart Attack
  • Angelo Petta 46
    Volunteer Heart Attack
  • James M. Ratcliffe 62
    Volunteer Stroke
  • Paul A. Carr 58
    Career Heart Attack
  • Joseph Walsh 76
    Volunteer Struck By

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  • Firefighters Killed in 2006
  • Edward Marbet 31 Volunteer
    Caught/Trapped
  • Robert Oakie Wisting 77 Volunteer Heart
    Attack
  • George M. Jackson 67 Career
    Caught/Trapped
  • Kevin Apuzzio 21 Volunteer
    Caught/Trapped
  • Vincent Neglia 45 Career
    Caught/Trapped

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  • Firefighters Killed in 2007
  • John Broom-Smith 44 Volunteer Heart Attack
  • Stephen Dembski 41 Volunteer Heart Attack
  • Cornelius Nolton 37 Career Heart Attack
  • Donald Wallis 68 Volunteer Heart Attack
  • Walter Fagan 48 Volunteer Heart Attack

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  • Additional New Jersey LODD
    Statistics
  • From 2000 to 2007 there were 40
    NJ FF LODD
  • 26 of the 33 LODDs were from Heart
    Attacks
  • 7 of the 35 LODDs were from Struck
    By
  • 4 of the 35 LODDs were from
    Caught/Trapped
  • 2 of the 35 LODDs were from Stroke
  • 1 of the 35 LODDs was from Fall

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  • New Jersey LODD Average Age and Status
  • 2000 31.5 years LODD 2 Career LODD 2
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2001 51.5 years LODD 2 Career LODD 3
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2002 39.5 years LODD 2 Career LODD 3
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2003 62.5 years LODD 0 Career LODD 4
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2004 53.5 years LODD 2 Career LODD 4
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2005 59.0 years LODD 1 Career LODD 4
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2006 48.2 years LODD 2 Career LODD 3
    Volunteer LODD
  • 2007 50.0 years LODD 1 Career LODD 4
    Volunteer LODD

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  • What 2007 Looked Like Nation Wide
  • Heart Attack/Stroke
  • 54
  • Trauma/Struck by/Collapse
  • 35
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • 26

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  • Heart Attack Stroke
  • 30s 40s, 50s, 60s 70s
  • There is no discrimination!
  • Last LODD nation wide 12/30/2007
  • Total LODDs for 2007 nation wide
  • 115

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With Heart Attack being the leading cause of
Line of Duty Deaths, is it a True or False
that Heart Attack Line of Duty Death only occur
to older Firefighters?
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  • In the past 9 years, the leading cause of
    firefighter deaths was Stress/Overexertion
  • On average 50
  • Most firefighter deaths attributed to stress
    result in heart attacks.

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  • In the past 9 years, the second leading cause of
    firefighter deaths was vehicle collisions (Except
    2007).
  • Personal vehicles
  • Tanker/Tender collisions
  • Pumpers
  • Command vehicles
  • Wildland aircraft incidents

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  • THE LIFE SAFETY INITIATIVES
  • In 2004, the National Fallen Firefighter
    Foundation convened a Summit in Tampa, Florida.
    The Summit was attended by 233 fire service
    leaders from across the country. Out of that
    Summit, came 16 Initiatives that were identified
    and unanimously agreed upon.
  • These 16 Initiatives can provide the base for you
    to change the culture in the fire service and
    reduce Line Of Duty Deaths.

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  • In that summit, there were six domains
    identified
  • Prevention
  • Structural Firefighting
  • Wildland Operations
  • Health and Wellness
  • Vehicles
  • Training

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  • How were the Initiatives Developed ?
  • Empirical Data/Actual Incidents
  • Too Many Funerals
  • 5000 years of collective service
  • Research Testing
  • LODD Investigations
  • A desire to do more than TALK!

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Initiative 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.

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1. Culture
  • Establish an organizational culture that
  • fully embraces health and safety
  • Organizational values and beliefs
  • Accountability at every level
  • Risk-based incident management
  • Stop unsafe practices

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Initiative 2
  • Enhance the personal and organizational
    accountability for health and safety throughout
    the fire service.

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  • Mandatory Use of Seatbelts
  • Changes in your Response Protocols for your
    Apparatus and Personnel.

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This is not good.
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Fatalities?
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Are you sick yet?
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Dead firefighters?
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Preparing for an LODD?
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No! Seatbelts Work!
  • June 2007
  • Vincent Fire Company-Berlin N.J.
  • Went to the maintenance shop because the rear
    tires were wobbly
  • Going home, right tires left the roadway
  • Overcompensation flipped the rig
  • Both occupants were belted in
  • Everyone Went Home!

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A Word About Seatbelts..
  • 26 Billion The annual economic costs to society
    of deaths and injuries that would have been
    prevented by seat belt use.
  • 135,000 The number of fatalities prevented by
    seat belts in the past 26 years.
  • 3.8 Million The number of non-fatal injuries
    prevented by seat belts in the past 26 years.
  • 585 Billion The amount of money society saved
    thanks to the fatalities and injuries seat belts
    prevented in the past 26 years.
  • 315,000 The number of fatalities that would have
    been prevented in the past 26 years if accident
    victims had been wearing seat belts.
  • 5.2 Million The number of non-fatal injuries
    that would have been prevented in the past 26
    years if accident victims had been wearing seat
    belts.
  • 913 Billion The amount of money society would
    have saved in the past 26 years if the above
    fatalities and injuries had been prevented.
  • Source National Highway Traffic Safety
    Administration. The first figure (26 billion) is
    based on data from 2001. See, http//www.safecommu
    nities.org/articles/308/1/Alcohol-and-Seatbelt-Sta
    tistics

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Initiative 3
  • Focus greater attention on the integration of
    risk management with incident management at all
    levels, including strategic, tactical, and
    planning responsibilities.

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  • Focus greater attention on the integration of
    risk
  • management with incident management at all levels
  • including strategic, tactical planning
    responsibilities.
  • Does everyone understand the difference between
    and acceptable risk and an unacceptable risk?
  • Do you have a system to pre-identify unacceptable
    risks?
  • Report unacceptable risk behaviors
  • Review every call
  • Learn the concept of Risk Management
  • Develop Command Teams

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Initiative 4
  • All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe
    practices.

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  • All firefighters must be empowered to STOP unsafe
    practices.
  • Remember, anyone in your department can solve a
    problem before it becomes a tragedy. Every
    department must remember their ability to
    function as an Everyone Goes Home officer.
  • Possession of information is only valuable when
    shared and acknowledged.

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Initiative 5
  • Develop and implement national standards for
    training, qualifications, and certification
    (including regular re-certification) that are
    equally applicable to all firefighters based on
    the duties they are expected to perform.

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Initiative 6
  • Develop and implement national medical and
    physical fitness standards that are equally
    applicable to all firefighters, based on the
    duties they are expected to perform.

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  • What About Stay in Shape Didn't You Understand ?

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  • Realize you may be working on your Heart
    Attack, Right now!
  • Get a physical! Remember the Buscio Program.
  • Consider adopting department policies that
    address
  • Appropriate assignments for capabilities
  • Smoking cessation
  • Alcohol Drug abuse

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Initiative 7
  • Create a national research agenda and data
    collection system that relates to the initiatives.

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Initiative 8
  • Utilize available technology wherever it can
    produce higher levels of health and safety.

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  • Thermal Imaging Cameras (with recording)
  • Cool Vests for PPE
  • Kooler Chairs for Rehabilitation
  • Computerized Accountability Systems
  • PASS Devices

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Initiative 9
  • Thoroughly investigate all firefighter
    fatalities, injuries, and near misses.

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  • Thoroughly investigate all firefighter
    fatalities, injuries and near misses.
  • Develop a LODD policy including the investigation
    components of the process. (OSHA)
  • Participate in the near miss reporting system
    through the IAFC to permit others to learn from
    your mistakes.
  • Develop a system for making near-miss
    incidents a significant component of training.

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Initiative 10
  • Grant programs should support the implementation
    of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices
    as an eligibility requirement.

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Initiative 11
  • National standards for emergency response
    policies and procedures should be developed and
    championed.

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  • National standards for emergency response
    policies and procedures should be developed and
    championed.
  • Establish an automatic downgrade of response
    based on conditions upon arrival.
  • Downgrade the automatic response of excessive
    apparatus to low risk incidents.
  • Develop a hot-cold response policy based upon
    empirical data.

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Initiative 12
  • National protocols for response to violent
    incidents (terrorism) should be developed and
    championed.

Ky. Firefighter Killed, Second Wounded in
Shooting at Scene of Domestic 'Worst Nightmare'
Domestic Dispute Call Turns to Tragedy
Memphis HistoryFirefighting Presents More
Dangers Than Just Fire
Six Firefighters Shot, Injured in Indiana
Violence All Remain Hospitalized, One Seriously
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  • National protocols for response to violent
    incidents should be developed and championed.
  • Develop policy to stage remove the pressure
    to act.
  • Radio procedures to alert other responders or the
    dispatch agency of the violent situation.
  • Develop fundamental rules of engagement go or
    no go.

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Initiative 13
  • Firefighters and their families must have access
    to counseling and psychological support.

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  • Firefighters and their families must have access
    to counseling and psychological support.
  • Firefighting is stressful. Do not lose sight of
    this.
  • Toughing it out is not acceptable. It KILLS
    US!
  • Basic FF I should include stress awareness
  • All firefighters should have services available
    to them.
  • CISD Teams Most valuable when called, utilized.

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Initiative 14
  • Public education must receive more resources and
    be championed as a critical fire and life safety
    program.

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  • Public education must receive more resources and
    be championed as a critical fire and life safety
    program.
  • Is your FPO an untapped resource?
  • Regional cooperation for FP initiatives.
  • Grant Funding The money is already there.
  • Pick a single issue and focus on that issue.

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Initiative 15
  • Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement
    of codes and the installation of home fire
    sprinklers.

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Initiative 16
  • Safety must be a primary consideration in the
    design of apparatus and equipment.

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  • Safety must be a primary consideration in the
    design of apparatus and equipment.
  • Portable radios for all personnel
  • The ability to communicate between agencies
  • Integrated seatbelts in apparatus power/movements
  • Smart SCBAs. (HUDs)
  • PPE recording devices

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Line of Duty Death Prevention
Areas of Concern for the Fire Service
  • Information
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Sustainability
  • Technology

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  • Who is Impacted by an LODD?
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Your Department
  • The Public you served
  • State Fire Service
  • Your Community

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  • How many of the 16 Initiatives will you choose ?

Take Ownership of your Department Mess Up
Fess Up Clean It Up and then
Move On ! Define the
Expectations of your Department Think
about What are your personnel capable of ? Do
you have Leaders ? Followers ? The Courage to
be Safe?
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  • WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ???
  • YOU CAN TAKE ACTION NOW !!
  • Homework
    Assignment!
  • Using the 16 Initiatives as a base, list
    what your organization is prepared to do ASAP!

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Implementation
  • If everyone is in favor of Firefighter Safety
  • And everyone supports the 16 initiatives
  • (at least in principle)
  • And everyone agrees they are important
  • Then.How do we implement them?

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Individual Capabilities
  • Ensure that every member is capable of performing
    all expected duties
  • Training
  • KSAs
  • Professional qualifications
  • Certifications (re-certifications)
  • Performance evaluations
  • Medical examinations
  • Physical fitness evaluations

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The Right Stuff
  • Ensure that your fire department has and uses
    appropriate tools, equipment and procedures
  • Meets appropriate standards
  • Current technology
  • Properly inspected and maintained
  • Used as intended
  • (Prioritize Grant Funds)

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This guy had the right stuff.
  • A fireman cheated death by inches after his
    helmet was speared by a rod from an exploding
    car. The red-hot missile was traveling so fast it
    punched a hole though a steel door before
    slamming into firefighter Gary Wright's Kevlar
    helmet. Wright's colleagues believe he was saved
    only because he was bending forward to adjust the
    strap on his helmet. The metal strut hit him with
    so much force it threw his head back. Had the
    41-year-old been standing with his head up, there
    was a good chance the deadly missile would have
    gone into his neck other firefighters said. Had
    he not had his helmet on, there would have been
    another LODD funeral to attend.

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Drive Safely
  • Arrive alive and dont kill anyone else on the
    way!
  • Adopt safe driving rules and procedures
  • Enforce them
  • Driver training
  • Emergency vehicle drivers license
  • Seat belts!
  • Secure loose objects in cabs and on vehicles
  • Reduce unnecessary emergency responses
  • Practice scene safety

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Investigate and Evaluate
  • Understand why things go wrong
  • and dont let it happen again
  • Investigate all accidents and injuries
  • Near-miss reporting
  • Analyze data and trends
  • Learn the lessons and implement the findings
  • Continual self-evaluation

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Fire Prevention
  • First and Foremost!
  • Reduce Incidents Reduce Risks
  • If we dont have fires, we dont get hurt and we
    dont get killed!
  • Public Education
  • Code adoption and enforcement
  • Residential sprinklers

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Self-EvaluationA series of questions to
ponderIf the answer is negative to any of
these, youve got work to do!
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Organizational Culture
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Have we made firefighter safety and health a
    primary value of our organization?
  • Does every member understand the organizational
    emphasis on health and safety?
  • Does every manager and supervisor understand
    their personal responsibility to implement safety
    policies and procedures?
  • Are we holding people accountable for compliance
    with health and safety policies?

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Leadership
  • Answer these questions in your heads
  • Has the Fire Chief accepted the responsibility
    for health and safety policies and programs
  • Does the Fire Chief walk the walk and talk the
    talk?
  • Does the Fire Chief know if the health and safety
    policies are being followed?
  • Is there a gap between what we think is going on
    and what is really going on?

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Human Resources
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Does every firefighter have the training
    (knowledge, skills and abilities) to perform all
    expected duties?
  • Is every firefighter physically fit?
  • Physical fitness program
  • Fitness evaluations
  • Performance standards
  • Is every firefighter healthy?
  • Regular medical examinations by qualified
    physician

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Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs and SOGs)
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Do we have them?
  • Do we really follow them?
  • Are we using the procedures or just using the
    terminology?

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Incident Management
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Can we really account for the position, function
    and status of every firefighter on the incident
    scene?
  • Is every firefighter connected to the plan for
    the incident?
  • Does the Incident Commander know what is really
    going on?

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Equipment
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Do we have all of the proper equipment?
  • Is it properly maintained and inspected?
  • Do we have records?
  • Is it used according to the design parameters?

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Vehicles
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Does every vehicle meet current design standards
    for safety?
  • Has every vehicle been inspected and passed?
  • Do we have criteria for taking vehicles out of
    service?
  • Do we ensure that all new vehicles incorporate
    every safety feature?

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Seat Belts
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Is everyone seated and belted while the apparatus
    is moving?
  • Is everything else in the cab properly secured?
  • Do we have a policy and is it enforced?
  • Do I buckle up despite what others are doing?

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Response Policies
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • Do we really stop at red lights and stop signs?
  • Do we really drive according to the rules?
  • Do we have policies to limit emergency response
    to true emergency incidents?
  • What if we didnt use red lights and sirens or
    blue lights in our personal vehicles?

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Investigations
  • Answer these questions in your head
  • When something goes wrong, how thoroughly do we
    investigate?
  • Near misses
  • Minor accidents or injuries
  • Major accidents or injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Are we prepared to tell the truth and share about
    what happened?
  • Do we implement the findings of the
    investigation?
  • Does anyone pay attention to the little stuff?

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It is up to all of usto make sure Everyone Goes
Home
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Leadership
  • You Can Make A Difference!
  • Leadership is not whats necessarily on your
    collar.

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You Can Make A Difference
  • Recognize the problem --- lives depend on it
  • Make the commitment to be a leader
  • It takes courage to do the right things,
    especially when the right things are not popular
  • Change is never easy but the alternative is
    more of the same

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Be a Leader!
  • Leadership requires introspection what do you
    need to change about yourself to effect change in
    others?
  • Examine your own attitudes and behaviors are
    you part of the problem?
  • Start with a personal commitment to firefighter
    safety and health.

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LEADERSHIP-CTBS
  • Strong leaders teach by example
  • Motivate people to their highest levels - offer
    them all possible opportunities to succeed
  • Identify the target and the reasoning behind it
  • Positive reinforcement is more powerful than
    negative reactions

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LEADERSHIP-CTBS
  • A leader who demands absolute respect and
    authority based on their position will soon lose
    respect
  • Respect for rank and position come with a job
  • Respect for the individual has to be earned
  • Provide leadership when it is appropriate
  • Exercise authority when it is essential

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LEADERSHIP-CTBS
  • REMEMBER
  • Every person in the group is better than the
    leader in some way
  • Show respect for everyone in the group dont be
    judgmental
  • No one is perfect even you
  • If you mess up, fess up
  • Clean it up and then move on
  • Egos eat brains - keep yours under control
  • If you are not prepared to lead get out of the
    way
  • If you are not prepared to follow you dont
    belong on the team

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REMEMBER
  • www.everyonegoeshome.com
  • Resources
  • Instructors Tool Box
  • Best Practices

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Memorial WeekendFirst Weekend in October
  • Survivor Tribute
  • Welcome Reception
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Family Day Activities
  • Red Helmet Ride
  • Memorial Chapel Visits
  • Candlelight at Basilica
  • National Tribute

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Deputy Chief James DHeron New
Brunswick Fire Department
New Jersey LODD 09-03-04
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Captain Albert Tirado Passaic Fire Department
New Jersey LODD 05-09-2001
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  • Firefighter/Foreman
  • Kevin Apuzzio
  • East Franklin
  • Fire Department
  • New Jersey LODD 04-11-2006

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Be Safe Wear Your Seatbelts (We guess these
guys didnt get the email!)
  • Have the courage to be safe
  • So Everyone Goes Home !

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  • Thank you for taking the time to understand how
    you can have a full career in the fire service
    and live to tell your grand-kids about it.
  • Ron
  • Jim
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