“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.
Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The event is coordinated by the NVFC and the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations as well as health and safety-related organizations and agencies.
Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety Stand Down in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme: Learn more about this year’s theme.
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
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
- IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section
- NFPA Standards and Codes: Free Access