The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service / Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX/ESTI) are partners in the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week from June 14-20. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and is supported by a network of emergency service, health and safety organizations
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 97 firefighters died in the line of duty in 2013 and 65,880 were injured. In addition to the dangers responders face when fighting a fire, managing traffic at an incident scene and other operational duties, they are also at increased risk for health issues including heart attack and cancer.
Safety and Health Week is an annual event that aims to improve firefighter safety and health to give all a better chance of survival during emergencies and in the long-term. Fire departments across the world will take time during the week to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.
“Communities depend on their firefighters and EMTs to be there when there is an emergency. We are participating in Safety and Health Week to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect those who protect their residents,” said Robert Moore, Director TEEX/ESTI.
The theme for Safety and Health Week this year is “Creating a Culture of Safety.” This theme focuses on what can be done to improve safety in three specific areas to create an overall culture of safety for the fire and emergency services:
- In the community, by promoting fire prevention and risk reduction strategies to prevent fires and other emergencies.
- In the department, by strengthening standard operating procedures that re-enforce safety and creating department health and wellness programs.
- For the individual, by encouraging firefighters and EMS providers to take personal responsibility for their safety and health.
TEEX/ESTI provides critical, life-saving service training to emergency services organizations to enable them to respond to all types of emergencies and disasters. Each year we train more than 81,000 emergency responders from all 50 states and 45 countries. Reducing the risks that first responders face and making sure that each responder is ready when the call comes in is a priority for TEEX/ESTI.
Safety and Health Week provides a time for all department members 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 the community at a moment’s notice. Community members can also do their part by following recommended fire prevention practices, makings sure they have working smoke alarms, and supporting key safety legislation. By working together to create a culture of safety, there will be less fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, and we will have a stronger fire service overall.
TEEX offers numerous Safety, ICS-Command, and NFA Field Delivery courses across Texas to support safe operations and health & safety.
Remember….”Do Your Part to Ensure Everyone Goes Home!”
TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX ESTI) is a partner for the 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week from June 15-21. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC and is supported by a network of fire service, health, and safety organizations.
safetyandhealthweek.org to find tools and resources for 2015 Safety Health and Survival Week.
TEEX ESTI is supporting departments/agencies by providing certificates for those participating in the 2015 Safety and Health Week. Download the Safety and Health Week
Registration Kit zip file
TEEX asks for awareness and support during International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week and in its safety and health initiatives throughout the year.