This year at Fire-Rescue International in San Antonio, Texas, FSTAR Health and the IAFC are partnering to host a Firefighter Memorial Wall and the Firefighter Survival Wall. Bring a photo or post a name of a firefighter who has dealt with or is currently dealing with job-related health issues. Both Walls will share the story of firefighters who have experienced job-related health issues and to highlight how critical it is for firefighters to receive annual medical exams that are consistent with the risks they take in the line of duty.
The Walls will be at Registration and the FSTAR Booth in the Health and Wellness Zone during FRI. If you don’t have a photo with you, you will be able to share the names of your fellow firefighters. Photos, name and appropriate wall placement can be submitted in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.fstaresearch.org for more information.
The Firefighter Memorial Wall is a memorial for firefighters who have passed away due to job-related health issues while the Firefighter Survival Wall honors any firefighter who has been diagnosed, is in treatment or has recovered from job-related health issues. Job-related health issues include, but are not limited to, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, behavioral health and others.
SHS Section Board Members for 2016/2017
The unofficial results of the SHS election have been returned and show that for the position of director at large, the following candidates have received the majority of votes for the three-year positions:
- Assistant Chief Joanne R. Rund, Howard County (Md.) Department of Fire and Rescue Services
- Chief Shawn Oke, Albemarle (N.C.) Fire and Rescue Department
- Chief Rick Kane, Township of Manheim (Pa.) Fire Rescue Department
The candidate for the two-year position of director at large who received the majority of the votes is:
- Chief Kenneth Morgan, Meriden (Conn.) Meriden Fire Department
From the Election Committee, “We would like to commend all candidates for offering their candidacies to help lead our sections leadership and ask that all section members come out to witness them be sworn in at their ceremony on August 17th, 1 PM at the IAFC’s Fire-Rescue International 2016 in San Antonio.”
The following were uncontested elections:
- Chair: Chief Scott Kerwood, Hutto (Texas) Fire Rescue
- Vice Chair: Deputy Chief John F. Sullivan, City of Worcester (Mass.) Fire Department
- Secretary: Assistant Chief Todd LeDuc, Broward (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services
- Treasurer: Chief Jake Rhoades, City of Kingman (Ariz.) Kingman Fire Department
|FRI 2016 Booth Schedule|
Every firefighter has a story of another firefighter they have lost or who is struggling with significant, job-related health issues.
FSTAR Health is looking for your help to share these stories of courage, loss, and survival. This year at Fire-Rescue International in San Antonio, Texas, FSTAR and the IAFC will be hosting a Firefighter Memorial Wall and a Firefighter Survival Wall. The walls are a place to share a photo or a name of a firefighter who has dealt with or is currently dealing with job-related health issues.
We request your assistance in building a collection of photos and names that will start to fill both walls prior to FRI. If you know of anyone who you feel should be on this wall, please send us a photo (3×5 or 4×6 sizes are preferred) or their name via email to email@example.com by close of business, August 10. You may also bring photos directly to FRI to post on the wall.
The walls will be very visible throughout FRI, and we will have books for people to share stories with more details, as well as ribbons to share names in case a photo is unavailable. The ribbons will be available in the colors associated with specific diseases. Please note we are unable to return photos at this time and are planning to send these walls to other IAFC conferences over the 2016-2017 timeframe.
Thank you for your assistance in this effort.
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Fire-Rescue International (FRI)
August 17-20, 2016
San Antonio, TX
The Section Meeting is on the 17th this year at 1:30 pm Section awards will be presented.
Each August, thousands of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come together for 5 days of learning, networking and collaboration at FRI. FRI education covers all areas of the emergency service: navigating the political environment, managing change, ethical leadership, EMS issues, career development and more. More than 600 exhibitors showcase the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, technology, equipment, gear and more.
Have you Voted
Election May Day, May Day, May Day Announcement
Election Calls for a May Day information ( We are missing 79% of the SHS Members whom have not voted )
Election Committee needs you to get involved today its your last chance, the PAR Check found you missing
- Take action Vote the Alert tone is Activated
- Perform Risk Assessment – your vote can’t be heard if you don’t act
- Determine whether to assign additional (Check you email for the SHS Election information) (May Day and RIT continue to participate with IAFC SHS at WWW@IAFCSAFETY.ORG )
On behalf of the SHS Elections Committee, we are concerned we are missing a few members! The Personnel Accountability Report (PAR) is a roll call procedure initiated by Command to confirm that all personnel assigned to an emergency incident are physically accounted for. I am writing about a very significant matter. So I am conducting an accountability PAR check of all members who have not voted. Currently, only 21% of eligible SHS members have cast votes. For those of you who have “Checked in” cast votes already, our thanks.
Voting is a very important responsibility. As SHS members, we determine our association’s leaders.
Voting ends July 11, 2016, at 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Richard Miller, SHS Staff via firstname.lastname@example.org email or phone at 703-537-4846.
Yours in service,
Chief Carol Brown
Chair, SHS Elections Committee
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Inspect Your Facepiece Today for Safety Stand Down 2016
This week is Safety Stand Down, quiz has also been extended through June 25 so departments can incorporate it into their week’s activities. 200 participants will receive a special edition challenge coin.and departments are encouraged to spend the week focusing on safety training for all personnel.
“The First Five Minutes, Stretching the Initial Hose Line, Putting Water on the Fire.” for all personnel. Find resources and training materials relating to this year’s topic on the Safety Stand Down web site. Also refer to the FSTAR web site for additional health and safety research. The NFPA’s Safety Stand Down Quiz will also be open until June 17 – test your knowledge for a chance to win a special edition challenge coin.
The theme of the 2016 Safety Stand Down is “The First Five Minutes: Stretching the Initial Hose Line, Putting Water on the Fire.” Use this week to educate your department on what all personnel should be doing in the initial five minutes of fire incident response to ensure the safest, most efficient response.
The following resources are designed to help Chiefs, Incident Commanders, Company Officers, Firefighters, and Training Officers focus on the first five minutes of fire response. Use these materials during Safety Stand Down to make sure all members of your department are ready for the next call.
Safety Stand Down 2016 Training Resources: The First Five Minutes
- Fact Sheet: The First Five Minutes
- Fact Sheet: On Scene Incident Commander
- Fact Sheet: On Scene Company Officer
- Fact Sheet: On Scene Firefighter
- Fact Sheet: Training Officer
- Fact Sheet: After the Incident
- PowerPoint: First Five Minutes – Roles
SCBA and Facepiece Inspection
- SCBA Facepiece Inspection Checklist
- Video: SCBA Facepiece Inspection
- Fire Exposures of Fire Fighter Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Facepiece Lenses
- Fire Exposures of Firefighter Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Facepiece Lenses (NIST Technical Note 1724)
In addition, the following resources can help you focus on the safety of personnel:
- Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival and the Incident Commander’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety (Poster)
- Rules of Engagement for Structural Firefighting: Increasing Firefighter Survival (report and lesson plans)
- B.E.S.T. Practices for Firefighter Health and Safety
- NVFC Safety and Equipment Resources
- NVFC PPE Video Series
- IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section
- NFPA Standards and Codes: Free Access
- FSTAR: Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research
- Video: Applying Research to the Fireground
Published on June 17, 2016 issue of On Scene
It’s generally accepted in the fire service that the first five minutes of a firefight sets the stage for risk and outcomes. If we do it smart and correct, the risk to firefighters will be low and the outcome will be better. If we do it wrong, without caution or much thought, the outcome can be tragic.
Two rules from the IAFC’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival play an important role in reducing risk and setting the foundation for a successful operation during the first 5 minutes.
Rule number 1 is “Size up Your Area of Tactical Operation.” The objective is for the company officer and firefighters to pause for a moment and look over their area of operation, evaluate their individual risk exposure and determine a safe approach to completing their assigned tactical objectives.
Just as a 360-degree size-up is required of the incident commander to get a better picture of fire conditions and risk, so the company officer and firefighters need to size up their operational area to determine if their assigned objective can be accomplished safely. If not, that concern must be communicated to the incident commander and the objective changed to something that has a lower risk and higher safety for firefighters.
One of the first decisions in the first five minutes is determining if a search-and-rescue operation can be safely accomplished. Rule number 2 plays a major role in this decision: “Determine the Occupant Survival Profile.”
The objective is to cause the company officer and firefighter to consider fire conditions in relation to possible occupant survival of a successful rescue event; this is done as part of their initial and ongoing individual risk assessment and action plan development.
The key element in this evaluation is whether the occupant can survive both existing and projected fire conditions for the entire rescue effort. It takes time to enter, search, locate and extract a victim. This may take many minutes, and it often requires more than one crew to extract. Fire is dynamic and expanding during the first five minutes and risk can increase suddenly.
Today’s room and contents are full of plastics and synthetics that are highly lethal to fire victims. Flashover can occur as early as 3.5 minutes and reach a temperature of more than 1,100 degrees. Cyanide levels routinely reach 3,400 PPM and can kill a human being in less than one minute even in rooms remote from the fire as smoke density increases.
A search decision must be based on the potential to save lives. A safe and appropriate action plan can’t be accurately developed until we first determine if any occupants are trapped and whether they can survive the fire conditions during the entire rescue event.
If survival isn’t possible for the entire extraction period, a more cautious approach to fire operations must be taken. Fire control should be obtained before proceeding with the primary and secondary search efforts.
Gary Morris is the fire chief for the Pine-Strawberry (Ariz.) Fire Department. He’s a director at large for the IAFC’s Safety, Health & Survival Section and was the team manager for the Rules of Engagement project. He has been a member of the IAFC since 1985.