The Fire Instructors and Officers Association of New Hampshire is proud to be an active participant in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's nation-wide "Everyone Goes Home" initiative.
About the "Everyone Goes Home" Program
Recognizing the need to do more to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has launched a national initiative to bring prevention to the forefront.
In March 2004, the Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held in Tampa, Florida to address the need for change within the fire and emergency services. Through this meeting, 16 Life Safety Initiatives were produced to ensure that Everyone Goes Home.
The first major action was to sponsor a national gathering of fire and emergency services leaders. Organized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the held in Tampa, Florida, in March 2004 produced 16 major initiatives that will give the fire service a blueprint for making changes.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will play a major role in helping the U.S. Fire Administration meet its stated goal to reduce firefighter fatalities by 25% within 5 years, and by 50% within 10 years. The Foundation sees fire service adoption of the summit's initiatives as a vital step in meeting this goal.
Please visit the program's website, www.everyonegoeshome.org, for more information.
"The Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home" Training
Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. But a different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences. That different type of courage is the subject of "The Courage to Stay Safe - So Everyone Goes Home®" program. This provocative and moving presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of our firefighters as a normal occurrence.
"The Courage to Stay Safe" was conceived and developed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program Team, with assistance from Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder of the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department and FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka in response to a request by Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Ed Mann to develop a program aimed at Line-of-Duty Death Prevention.
At the heart of "The Courage to Stay Safe" are the gripping, untold stories of LODD survivors, revealing how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death. The program graphically underscores the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths, and promotes the courage to do the right thing so that "Everyone Goes Home®" at the end of the day.
FIOANH Commitment to the "Everyone Goes Home" Program
The FIOANH Board of Directors is committed to this important firefighter safety & injury/death prevention program. Past President Scott Carrigan is the Everyone Goes Home program's New Hampshire Advocate, and the FIOANH has assumed local responsibilities delivering the "Courage To Be Safe" training program in New Hampshire.
The FIOANH sponsored the New Hampshire Courage to be Safe Instructor Train-the-Trainer held at the New Hampshire Fire Academy on November 8, 2006, with over 40 instructors participating in this seminar to become certified to teach "The Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home". Since then the program has been delivered by FIOANH members, free of charge, to hundreds of firefighters all over New Hampshire.
The FIOANH Board of Directors further committed that the association will deliver at least ten no-cost open-enrollment "Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home" classes in 2007: one in each New Hampshire county.
If your department is interested in hosting a "Courage to be Safe... So Everyone Goes Home" program for your members and neighboring firefighters, please contact Director Michael Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
16 Firefighter Life Safety Initives
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 are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
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.
7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the initiatives.
8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.
9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.
10. Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
11. National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
12. National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.
13. Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
14. Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.
15. Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.
16. Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.
Note: Some information and text on the page excerpted from www.everygoeshome.com.