With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, public safety professionals are gearing up for one of their busiest days of the year. Between cookouts, fire pits, and fireworks, it is no wonder there are more fires reported on Independence Day than any other day throughout the year.
Organizations across the country are holding events this week to spread awareness about safety and health for all EMS and Fire personnel. Here are some of the events promoting International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week:
This year, International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week will be observed from June 14-20. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and is supported by a network of emergency service and safety organizations.
June 14 - 20, 2015 is International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. This year’s theme is “Creating a Culture of Safety.” The goal of this awareness week is to promote and facilitate a culture of safety within local communities and departments.
On December 6, 2007, Congress passed a bill that designated the first week in June as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Week.” This designation is intended to promote the necessity of CPR and AED training and to reduce death from sudden cardiac arrest.
The first week of June is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. This week is designed to bring attention to the importance of CPR and AED training.
For many of us, Memorial Day is a three-day weekend that marks the unofficial start of summer. The weather becomes warmer, schools and colleges start summer breaks, and friends and families come together and attend events ranging from community gatherings to large sports competitions (the Indianapolis 500 motor race, for instance, attracts an estimated 300,000 people on the Saturday before Memorial Day).
When Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia on the night of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, first responders jumped into action.
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Each year, the U.S. Fire Administration promotes National Arson Awareness Week during the first week of May "...to raise awareness of arson or youth fiersetting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community."