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A Joint North American Firefighter Survival Message



On behalf of the leadership of the below named organizations, we are providing this unified message of survival related to firefighter and EMS personnel operating on roadways.

As you may be aware, a firefighter and police officer were killed this weekend and another firefighter remains critical in Lubbock (Texas). Because roadway operations are the number one traumatic risk firefighters have, we are providing these reminders and tips to minimize the risk.

View tips with full descriptions:
  1. Dispatch the Appropriate Apparatus
  2. Train for On-scene Positioning (blocking, safe positioning)
  3. Conduct On-scene Size-up Report
  4. Set Up Lights for Scene Safety
  5. Follow Protocols for Temporary Traffic Controls (TTC)
  6. Wear Appropriate PPE Upon Arrival
  7. Establish IC and/or Unified Command
  8. Monitor and Adjust TTC
  9. Manage Non-involved Personnel
  10. Incident Scene Demobilization

This joint message is being provided by the following national fire service organizations:
  • CVVFA/Emergency Responder Safety Institute, President Allen Baldwin
  • Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Chairman Eric Valliere
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs, President Gary Ludwig
  • International Association of Fire Fighters, General President Harold A. Schaitberger
  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Executive Director Leigh Hubbard
  • Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro), President Mike Duyck
  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Executive Director Ron Siarnicki
  • National Volunteer Fire Council, Chairman Steve Hirsch
  • United States Fire Administration, U.S. Fire Administrator G. Keith Bryant, USFAFEMA- DHS

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