NC Fire to participate in event June 17-23
Last updated 6/21/2007 at Noon
FALLBROOK — North County Fire Department will be participating in the 2007 International Fire and EMS Safety Stand Down, being held the week of June 17-23. The Stand Down is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the IAFC.
The Stand Down, themed “Ready to Respond,” will focus on preparing firefighters and EMS personnel for their daily duties by reviewing their training and the proper use of equipment to ensure safe response, mitigation and return from all emergency situations. Failure to remain cautious can cause routine activities to become hazardous, as has been shown in the many fire service and emergency medical service line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
In 2006, 105 firefighters died in the line of duty; already this year, 44 have been lost. The purpose of the Safety Stand Down is to reduce these deaths and injuries by calling attention to safety practices and improving them. Stand downs have been used by the military for years to correct issues that have been identified as a problem throughout the ranks.
This year’s theme is focusing on proper training, preparation and equipage before a call, thus promoting the idea that all members can respond to, work and return home safely from the emergency they are called to mitigate.