Safety & Health

It is critical for emergency service organizations (ESOs) to ensure the health and safety of their members. The inability of an organization to maintain high standards of safety or to ensure the health both mental and physical of their members increases risks to the individual member and the community as a whole.

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Accident & Injury Investigation

The purpose of this guideline is to provide a process for investigating accidents / incidents.
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Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer Poster

The poster provides specific actions to take to address the cancer epidemic and protect firefighters.
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Best Practices to Minimize Injuries and Deaths When Using Privately Owned Vehicles for Responses

This report explores best practices while using privately owned vehicles (POV) for ESO responses.
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Bullying and Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit

A toolkit of policies, tips and tools to help prevent bullying and violence in the workplace.
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Emergency Services Road Map to Health & Wellness

Next generation Fire Department Guide to NFPA 1582: Info, education & sample documents toward implementing a comprehensive wellness program.
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Emergency Vehicle Operations Guidelines

Example of emergency vehicle operations guidelines.
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Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System

Turn shared lessons learned into actions. Protect the next shift - share YOUR story.
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Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals

Research-based guide to help primary care providers evaluate, treat and monitor firefighters' unique health and wellness needs.
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IAFC KnowledgeNet

Discuss issues and solutions with other IAFC members online, share SOPs and other resources
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IAFC Position: Assignment of Portable Radios/Two-Way Communications Devices to Every Firefighter on the Fireground

IAFC adopted the position that every firefighter operating on the fireground be equipped with a portable radio/two-way communications device.
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IAFC Position: Drug and Alcohol-Free Awareness

The IAFC supports and encourages drug and alcohol-free fire and emergency service agencies/organizations.
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IAFC Position: Firefighter Safety and Prevention of Firefighter Injuries and Deaths

IAFC Supports the Need for Constant Scrutiny and Upgrade of Policies/Practices Related to Firefighter Safety and Prevention of 
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IAFC Position: Health and Fitness Programs for Every Department

The IAFC supports the adoption and implementation of a comprehensive health and fitness program in every fire department
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IAFC Position: IAFC/IAFF Candidate Physical Ability Test

IAFC Supports the IAFC/IAFF Candidate Physical Ability Test IAFC and the IAFF recognize the need of the fire service to ...
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IAFC Position: IAFC/IAFF Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative

IAFC Supports the IAFC/IAFF Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative  A physical fitness
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IAFC Position: Need for Annual Occupational Medical Exams and Fitness Evaluations

The IAFC supports the implementation of annual medical examinations and fitness evaluations for all firefighters.
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IAFC Position: PASS Devices and NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigations

The IAFC is providing information on the PASS Devices and NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigations.
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IAFC Position: Seatbelt Usage

Motor vehicle accidents account for approximately twenty-five percent of firefighter line of duty deaths and many injuries per
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LODD Guidelines (Denton, TX)

Denton County Fire Chief's Association Policy for Line of Duty Death
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LODD Guidelines (Montgomery, NY)

Montgomery Fire Department firefighter funeral guidelines
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Management Minute: New Techniques

6 things the fire service needs.
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Model Procedures for Response of Emergency Vehicles During Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Guide toward response policy to minimize risk to personnel and protect human, physical and cyber infrastructure before, during, after storms

Rapid Intervention Operations Manual

Sample rapid intervention operations manual.
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Rapid Intervention Team (Pierce Fire Rescue)

This guideline outlines a procedure to ensure risks faced by personnel are minimized through sound practices and safety procedures.

Removing Diesel Exhaust from Apparatus Bays

Exhaust capturing systems are the most effective to prevent firefighter exposures in addition to other systems.
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Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service

White paper describing the status of cancer in the fire service.
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VCOS Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

Information, statistics and resources on the 11 best practices to prevent firefighter cancer.
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VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report - Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size-Up

Background, statistics, resources, and action items toward a proactive approach to mental wellness in the fire & emergency service
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VISION: The VCOS International Strategic Initiative Online Network

Resources that focus on specific areas of challenges relating to creating and sustaining viable emergency response programs