March 7, 2020 – March 8, 2020, All Day
Holiday Inn Tallahassee East Capitol – 2003 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL
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Over the last 15 years, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home® program has gained traction in improving firefighter health and safety, particularly in reducing rates of line-of-duty death and injury. However, until recently, Everyone Goes Home® and its core 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were perceived as being relevant only to the structural firefighting community.
To broaden the program’s applicability, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently performed a broad-scale needs assessment to identify specific risk factors and sources of support within the wildland fire community. From this assessment, which included surveys, gathering of input at national, regional, and state wildland fire events, and six wildland fire “listening sessions” held across the country, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation built a plan to develop and expand Everyone Goes Home® programming to include firefighters whose primary vocation is wildland fire, as well as those who respond infrequently to such events.
Now, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will be hosting four regional Everyone Goes Home® in the Wildland Introduction Sessions. These events will be relevant to personnel that we traditionally think of as wildland firefighters – representatives of national natural resource management organizations, state, county, and local forestry departments, and contract agencies, as well as members of volunteer, combination, and career structural departments with wildland and wildland – urban interface fire responsibilities.
Each session is open to 25 participants, and we especially encourage company officer/crew boss level personnel to attend. These sessions are meant to be interactive, highly participatory, and engaging. The intent is to “build bridges,” as well as building understanding. Participants should expect to spend significant time interacting with other attendees. There is no registration fee to attend, and some funding is available to provide travel support.
Please register by February 28, 2020
All attendees should set up a personal account on the Fire Hero Learning Network at www.fhln.net prior to the session.
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation staff, contractors, and Everyone Goes Home® Advocates will provide a detailed overview of training, programs, and resources that are now available to support the health and safety and reduce the operational risk of firefighters who respond to wildland fires. These include:
- An overview of online resources.
- Operational checklists that are customizable for incidents occurring in the wildland or wildland-urban interface.
- An overview of each of the training courses available through the Fire Hero Learning Network and setting up FHLN instructor accounts for attendees on their personal devices.
- An introduction to the Everyone Goes Home® Advocate program and available resources.
- Sessions to provide feedback that will inform future Everyone Goes Home® in the Wildland programming.
The Day 2 agenda will include train-the-trainer sessions for the Everyone Goes Home® program’s two key component programs:
- Courage to Be Safe® introduces all 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and assists the firefighter in taking the first steps toward incorporating them into their work and their agency. The program begins with a discussion of the immediate and root causes of line-of-duty fatalities, and the profound effects these deaths have on loved ones, colleagues, and the community. The class focuses on advancing cultural change to reduce LODDs and injuries.
- Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge (LACK) educates fire officers about the need to be change agents within their organizations to reduce the risk of line-of-duty death and injury. It discusses the devastating impact of an LODD, as well as the surprising fact that many LODDs are often the result of tolerance of unsafe behaviors and resulting breakdown in safety priorities. LACK illustrates how a balanced approach of leadership, accountability, culture, and knowledge can reverse these contributing factors. In each of these four areas, LACK provides practical and specific actions the officer can immediately undertake to increase the health and safety of his/her firefighters.