According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 96 firefighters died in the line of duty in 2020 and over 60,000 were injured. In addition to the dangers responders face when fighting a fire or performing other operational duties, they are also at risk managing traffic at an incident scene.
Safety Week is an annual event that aims to improve firefighter safety and health to give all a better chance of survival during emergencies and long-term. The theme for Safety Stand Down Week this year is “Rebuild Rehab.” This theme focuses on the critical importance of physical and psychological rehab to mitigate the physiological and mental impacts of firefighting. Fire departments across the world will take time to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.
Safety week provides a time for all personnel to focus on the safety and health measures they need to take both on and off duty to make sure they stay strong and ready to serve the community.