Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
News Release 10-62
Date: June 18, 2010
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Safety, Health, and Survival Week 2010, during the week of June 20-26, 2010. The Safety, Health, and Survival Week is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
“Every year we look forward in participating as an entire department in the Safety, Health, and Survival Week,” said Daniel Gray, Safety Battalion Chief. This provides an opportunity for all members to pause and reflect on current safety practices, policies, and procedures. This training will include an overall awareness toward general health and wellness initiatives, apparatus safety, and future plans to enhance the safety behavior of the organization.
This year’s, theme, “Fit for Duty,” will focus on food and nutrition, fitness, stress management, smoking and smokeless-tobacco cessation, alcohol and other drugs, infectious disease, and suicide prevention. This training opportunity will include a department wide review of the new 2010 edition of the Wellness Fitness Program Manual and the Fire and Rescue Station Exercise Handbook.
In 2009, 93 firefighters died in the line of duty; already this year, 33 have been lost. The purpose of the Safety, Health, and Survival Week is to reduce these deaths and injuries by calling attention to safety practices and general health and wellness initiatives. Safety, Health, and Survival Week (formerly known as stand downs) have been used by the military for years to correct issues that have been identified as a problem throughout the ranks.
The Fire and Rescue Department provides the following to each work location: monthly safety related news letters, close call reports that contain detailed chain of events that involved our members, safety visits and discussions from the on-duty shift safety officers, and a report of the week from the firefighter near-miss program.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.