FXFRD Participates in the Safety, Health, and Survival Week

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 13-66
Date:  June, 12, 2013

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Safety, Health, and Survival Week 2013, during the week of June 16-22, 2013. The Safety, Health, and Survival Week is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

This year's theme: "Stand Down," spotlights the need for behavioral health resources for firefighters, EMS providers, and their families. The fire service career field has greater potential to magnify the stresses, strains, and family issues that impacts their daily lives. The need for work and life assistance programs is a critical component of both occupational health and wellness programs.

In 2012, 82 firefighters died in the line of duty. 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 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 newsletters, 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.

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