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Taking place each year during the third full week of June, the Safety Stand Down highlights critical safety, health, and survival issues for fire and emergency services personnel. Departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week to focus their attention on safety and health education efforts. A week is provided to ensure that all duty shifts can participate. The Stand Down is sponsored by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, the NVFC and the NFPA.

See how Miami-Dade, San Diego and other departments use social media to increase public awareness about lithium-ion battery fire dangers
Eric Valliere, chair of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, spoke with FireRescue1 about this year’s safety push around electric batteries
Deputy Chief Darin Wallentine details this year’s Firefighter Safety Stand Down theme, from EVs to e-bikes and beyond
Incorporating the annual theme into training takes planning, repetition and creativity
10 ways to incorporate the Firefighter Safety Stand Down theme into training and education activities
In advance of Stand Down week, Lexipol has released updated Fire Procedures that address several issues involved with lithium-ion batteries
Taking place June 18-24, the weeklong event encourages firefighters to focus training on the theme “Lithium-ion batteries: Are you ready?”
Connecting the 2022 Firefighter Safety Stand Down theme to seatbelt use
It’s important to share the mental workload
Overcoming complacency is critical
Errors in decision-making can lead to flawed tactics and tragic outcomes
Physically demanding work performed over extended periods of time can lead to mental fatigue, impacting situational awareness
Preplan your escape routes, and consider your options to flee, hide or fight back