Life Safety Initiatives

Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.


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

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


Utilize available technology where ever it can produce higher levels of health safety.

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


Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.

All firefighters much be empowered to stop unsafe practices.


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


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

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

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

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


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

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.


National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.


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

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