June 20, 2011
The City of Woodland Fire Department will participate in the 2011 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week (Safety Week) during the week of June 19-25, 2011. Safety Week is an event sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
This annual event aims to improve firefighter safety and health to give all a better chance of survival in emergencies and in the long-term. Fire departments across the U.S. and Canada will take time during the week to go over the messages and resources that will help achieve that goal.
The theme for Safety Week this year is “Surviving the Fire Ground: Fire Fighter, Fire Officer & Command Preparedness,” which encourages all fire/EMS personnel to focus on survival training and education. It is critical for firefighters to focus on their own survival on the fire ground. There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations than a Mayday call — the unthinkable moment when a firefighter’s personal safety is in imminent danger. Firefighter fatality data compiled by the United States Fire Administration have shown that firefighters “becoming trapped and disoriented represent the largest portion of structural fire ground fatalities.”