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Tips for Safety, Health, and Survival Week

The International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health, and Survival week begins June 14 and runs through June 20. During this week all fire and EMS professionals are reminded of the importance of health and safety during training, response, operations, and all other aspects of operations.

Four key areas are emphasized:

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Survival
  • Chiefs

It is not too late to plan training and safety recognition activities for Safety, Health, and Survival week. In addition to the planning resources at the Safety, Health, and Survival week website consider these Everyday EMS Tips:

1. Review your organization’s safety procedures.

2. Complete annual workplace safety training programs. offers CECBEMS approved training lessons on bloodborne pathogens, respiratory protection, ear and eye protection, and hazard communication.

3. Join the International Seatbelt Pledge to always wear your seatbelt.

4. Write a blog post or article about a near miss you experienced as an emergency responder, the lessons you learned, and most importantly the lessons you applied.

How else can you improve personal and organizational safety during Safety, Health, and Survival week to have a lasting impact on your organization? Please share in the comments.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.