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2024 Firefighter Safety Stand Down: Fire departments take action

Check out how some departments and organizations spotlighted the week of back-to-basics training

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By Bill Carey

The Firefighter Safety Stand Down occurs annually in the third full week of June, emphasizing crucial safety, health and survival topics for fire and emergency services personnel. Departments are urged to halt non-emergency activities to focus on safety and health education.

This year’s theme, “Fire Training: Back to Basics,” focused on building the foundation of a training program, assessing the needs of the community and department, safety during training, and physical and behavioral/mental health considerations.

Chief Marc Bashoor details what makes this year’s event unique

Here is a sample of how some fire departments and fire service organizations showed their participation in this year’s event:

Polk County (Florida) Fire Rescue

Charlotte (N.C.) Fire Department

Red Oak Community Rural Fire Department, Greenville, N.C.

Kirkland (Washington) Fire Department

Oregon State Fire Marshal

University of California Davis Fire Department

Tampa (Florida) Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Firefighters Association of the State of New York

The initiative calls for the suspension of non-emergency activities to focus solely on safety and health training and discussion
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