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20th Anniversary Firefighter Life Safety Summit

August 27-29, 2024

Marriott St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63101

Roadmap to the Future

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation marks the
20th anniversary of the first Firefighter Life Safety Summit

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark firefighter safety event that launched the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. Over the past two decades, these initiatives have been a catalyst for numerous safety improvements in the fire service.

If you are a firefighter or fire officer with most of your career ahead of you, we need you at this summit. Now is the time to have your voice heard—and help shape the future of the fire service.

Key Summit Objectives

Co-hosted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the
St. Louis Fire Department

Chief Dennis Jenkerson and the members of the St. Louis Fire Department and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation are excited to welcome you to St. Louis for the 20th Anniversary Firefighter Life Safety Summit.

St. Louis Fire Department

In Honor of

Firefighter

St. Louis Fire Department (MO)

Age: 33

Year of Death: 2022

Firefighter Polson, a second-generation firefighter, was killed in the line of duty in 2022 fighting a fire in a structure later determined to be vacant.

Tentative Agenda

Rolling Arrivals

Monday, August 26, 2024

6:00 pm
Icebreaker/Kickoff

Monday, August 26, 2024

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
General Session

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Looking Back: Historical Retrospective of the Firefighter Life Safety Summit
  • Looking Forward: Recommendations from San Antonio
  • Keynote: 16 FLSIs at 20 Years: Wins, Losses and What’s Next
  • Breakout Group Instructions
Tuesday, August 27, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Breakout Group Session

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch

Wednesday, August 28, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Breakout Group Session

Wednesday, August 28, 2024

4:00 - 4:30 pm
Conclusion

Wednesday, August 28, 2024

Lunch

Thursday, August 29, 2024

Departures

Thursday, August 29, 2024

Summit Resources

16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

1

Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.

2
Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
3
Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical and planning responsibilities.
4
All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
5
Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
6
Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.
7
Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
8
Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.
9
Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near-misses.
10
Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and procedures and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
11
National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
12
National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.
13
Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
14
Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.
15
Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.
16
Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.
AFG Fire Prevention & Safety Grants

Funding for the 20th Anniversary Firefighter Life Safety Summit has been provided through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters – Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program