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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CALIFORNIA FIRE SERVICE STAND DOWN: Safety Stand Down for July 3, 2013. #CaFire

Stand down Wednesday from routine, non-emergency duties, review basic safety-related training and standard operating procedures.


FIRE SERVICE STAND DOWN

The fire service is standing down tomorrow-in California, but naturally, it's not limited to them exclusively. The recent loss of nineteen courageous firefighters from Arizona is a grounding reminder of the dangers faced by firefighters every day. While we mourn the loss of our fallen, it is imperative that each of us take this opportunity to review the basic wildland fire safety principles that help protect California's firefighters.

As we head into a very hot and dry Fourth of July holiday weekend, a coalition of California Fire Service partners is coming together to announce a Safety Stand Down for July 3, 2013. Fire departments across California are being urged to stand down Wednesday from routine, non-emergency duties to review basic safety-related training and standard operating procedures.

Although the request from the California Fire Service is not an order, the stand-down call is designed to bring awareness of safety messages for the fire service that can get lost in the course of performing daily operations and responding to medical and routine calls. We stand together with the hope that every department and every member will join with us for the Safety Stand Down on July 3rd to continue to make safety our number one priority. Safety is everyone's responsibility; together we can help ensure that everyone goes home at the end of his or her shift.

Letter from the California Fire Service CoalitionThe recent loss of nineteen courageous firefighters from Arizona is a grounding reminder of the dangers faced by firefighters everyday. While we mourn the loss of our fallen, it is imperative that each of us take this opportunity to review the basic wildland fire safety principles that help protect California’s firefighters. 

As we head into a very hot and dry Fourth of July holiday weekend, a coalition of California Fire Service partners is coming together to announce a Safety Stand Down for July 3, 2013. The purpose of the Safety Stand Down is to encourage all members of the California Fire Service to take the necessary time to review and discuss critical policies and procedures.

Many agencies have already completed their annual wildland training refreshers with the essential information that will help keep everyone safe. This included the Ten Standard Fire Orders, Eighteen Fire Situations That Shout “Watch Out!”, LCES, Common denominators of wildland fire fatalities, and a focus on wellness that includes physical training, adequate nutrition and hydration, adequate sleep and stress management. The July 3, 2013 Safety Stand Down is focused on a review of these safety procedures in the wildland and wildland-urban interface. The focus for this review should not be on tactical skills but should be on informal discussions around the firehouse to encourage each crew to review their plans for staying aware and safe. 

The following links are included as a resource list but should be augmented by each department’s SOPs:
CFFJAC Wildland Firefighter Resource 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide
CAL FIRE 2013 Safety Standown material

We stand together with the hope that every department and every member will join with us for the Safety Stand Down on July 3rd to continue to make safety our number one priority. Safety is everyone’s responsibility; together we can help ensure that everyone goes home at the end of his or her shift.

SIGNED; 
California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, Inc.
Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Fresno 
Kern County
Long Beach
Los Angeles City
Los Angeles County
Oakland
Orange County
Sacramento City
Sacramento Metro Fire
San Bernardino County
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
Ventura County
Kim Zagaris, State Fire and Rescue Chief
CAL OES
Ken Pimlott, Director
CAL FIRE
Tonya Hoover, State Fire Marshal
CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal
Management Sponsor, CFFJAC
Lou Paulson, President
California Professional Firefighters
Labor Sponsor, CFFJAC
Demetrious Shaffer, President
Cal Chiefs
Member, Metro Chiefs
Kevin Nida, President
CSFA
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