Bob Elling, MPA, EMT-P
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.
Social media usage and engagement is rapidly increasing. This information is likely not surprising if you are reading this article after clicking on a link from our Facebook post or tweet! According to a Pew Research Center analysis on American adults who use the internet:
There is a cliché in many movies and television shows where a man stands up, gasps, clutches his chest, and falls to the ground after having a heart attack. In reality, a heart attack victim could just as easily be a woman, and the scene could be a much less dramatic one.