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Safety and Health Week 

TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX ESTI) strongly encourages all departments/agencies to make a concentrated effort to implement safety protocols, wellness and fitness programs, and to observe safe operations year-round.

Safety and Health Week is an event sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and is supported by a network of fire service, health, and safety organizations.  

Fire departments internationally are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity and focus specific activities on safety, health and wellness-related training and education. These are critical concerns year-round and “Safety Week” is intended to be a time of extra concentration on these issues that daily affect fire and EMS personnel and their family and friends. An entire week is provided to ensure each shift and duty crew can spend one day focusing on these critical issues. 

The theme for Safety and Health Week this year is "Train Like You Fight!" Most people are aware of the physical demands that first response activities place on firefighters and EMS providers.  But it is important to also realize the impact that fighting fires and responding to emergencies has on the mental wellbeing of emergency personnel. Firefighters and EMS providers face the risk of many behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, depression, burnout, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.

Visit safetyandhealthweek.org and/or the safety and health resources page to find tools and resources for 2014 Safety Health and Survival Week.

It is critical that the emergency service community recognize the importance of mental well-being and create a culture within the department that makes behavioral health a priority. Use the International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week to open the dialogue within your department about behavioral health issues and focus on what you can do to foster positive behavioral health practices all year long.

TEEX offers numerous Safety, ICS-Command, and NFA Field Delivery courses across Texas to support safe operations and health & safety.

Chief Robert Moore, TEEX ESTI, encourages emergency service organization chiefs, fire and EMS personnel to focus on the safety and health measures they need to take both on and off duty to make sure they stay strong and ready to serve their communities at a moment's notice.

Remember….”Do Your Part to Ensure Everyone Goes Home!”

TEEX Certificates: TEEX ESTI is supporting departments/agencies by providing certificates for those participating in the 2014 Safety and Health Week.  Registration Kit (zip file)

For more information, call Dallas Renfrew 866.878.8900 or email dallas.renfrew@teex.tamu.edu

 

 


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