Information Bulletin Number 1006324


Safety Week 2010 Starts June 20
This year's Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week — also known as Safety Week — runs June 20-26.
(http://www.iafc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=306)
Sponsored by the IAFC and the IAFF, and in partnership with other national fire service organizations, the theme for
this year's event is Fit for Duty. With more than 50% of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths caused by health and fitnessrelated
issues, both organizations believe it's imperative that there be a concentrated effort in implementing wellness
and fitness programs.
Safety Week's Fit for Duty theme will cover a variety of topics that are extremely important to all fire fighters and
EMS personnel. Be sure to visit the Safety Week Web site (http://www.iafc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticl
enbr=306) for the sample daily-activity schedule, FAQs, a press release template and many other health and wellness
resources.
While departments are encouraged to identify activities tailored to their specific needs, recommended areas of
concentration include:
General Health and Wellness
Food and Nutrition
Fitness
Stress Management
Smoking and Smokeless-Tobacco Cessation
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Infectious Diseases
Suicide Prevention
During the week, departments are also encouraged to support comprehensive, non-punitive fitness assessments,
medical screenings and educational programs that build and maintain medically and physically fit personnel and help
in reducing health and fitness-related deaths or injuries.
In addition to the resources found on the Safety Week Web site, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides
firefighter health and safety resources at no charge. For a list of available items, please visit the USFA's Publications
Catalog. (https://www.usfa.dhs.gov/applications/publications/browse.cfm?sc=14)