The City of Los Angeles …. Second Largest City in the USA 470 Square Miles Third Busiest Port Fifth Busiest International Airport 4 Million People 40,000 City Employees LAPD – 9,500 Employees LAFD – 3,500 Employees – 106 Fire Stations. The Fire Service – 2013 and beyond.
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Fires continued to decrease
Less willing to sacrifice family and personal interests
Most cities Crime is up
Fires are down
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things” Machiavelli, 1537
Think of any significant changes that have been made since you’ve been a member of the Fire Department
There a LOT of rules, but have we really trained them on how to make the best decision? And do we always model the appropriate behavior?
Making the right decision all of the time.
Where is your Loyalty?
Still unsure? Call your boss! Ask ‘em!
Is it Job-related, professionally based, mission consistent, and in the best interest of the public?
At this summit meeting these leaders began to design a new fire service culture.
This new culture is built on the
16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives
Everyone Goes Home.
Cultural change has to begin with informal leaders, managers, supervisors. From top to bottom: the culture of the fire service must change. You can change your behavior TODAY.
Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
Each fire service organization must promote safe practices; each individual must have the tools to be safe and adhere to safe practices at ALL TIMES.
Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.
Learn the concept of “Risk Management”; Ensure everyone understands the difference between an acceptable risk and an unacceptable risk.
Develop and implement a system to pre-identify unacceptable risks.
All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
Firefighters must be allowed to identify and report unsafe practices. They must be able to stop activities that present imminent harm to themselves or others, without fear of penalty or reprisal.
Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications,
and certification (including regular
re-certification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
Fire service departments are recognizing national certification standards as a way to measure the competency of their members. National standards encourage departments to operate at higher levels of effectiveness.
Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.
In this profession, health and wellness are non-negotiable. Departments should establish and enforce SOPs which support wellness. Individuals must embrace wellness as a strategy for successful fire service careers or seek employment elsewhere.
Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the initiatives.
We won’t know if we are living the initiatives if we do not collect data. Data analysis is the key to making any course corrections regarding the Life Safety Initiatives. It will also provide important corollary data.
Utilize available technology wherever it can help produce higher levels of health and safety
It is irresponsible not to use technology when it can improve safety outcomes. Technological solutions should be a leverage and a tool for improving fire ground safety.
Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.
Even if your organization is uncomfortable with sharing information about a fatality, injury, or near-miss incident, it is a moral obligation to do so. Knowing what happened can prevent it from happening again.
Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and / or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
There is grant money available for you to begin implementing the initiatives. Grants should however, be tied to increasing safety measures. No safe practices / no grant.
National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
National Standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed. At the local level, departments may have to increase response times to “arrive alive.”
National protocols for response to violent incidents (including terrorism) should be developed and championed.
Fire and EMS workers deserve to have policies which will reduce their exposure to all threats of violence.
Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support
Firefighting is a high-risk occupation which, from time to time, can put the employee and his or her family under extreme stress. They deserve access to mental health care.
Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program
Public Education is a responsibility of all fire service personnel. It should not be reserved for one week in October. Increased civilian awareness will decrease firefighter risks.
Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers
The widespread use of residential sprinklers will improve outcomes for civilians and decrease firefighter injuries and LODDs.
Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.
Encourage your department to make “safety” the highest priority in equipment and apparatus purchases — as high as design and price.