International Association of Fire Chiefs- Safety Health & Survival Section


International Association of Fire Chiefs- Safety Health & Survival Section

The Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section was established in 2005 to provide a specific component within the IAFC to concentrate on policies and issues relating to the health and safety of firefighters.

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Latest Activity: May 14, 2018

2012 "Think Safety" Monthly Calendar Now Available

IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section Resource Makes Safety a Daily Event

October 26, 2011

The 2012 International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section’s (SHS) Think Safety monthly planner is now available. This pocket-sized planner, published annually by the SHS, is full of valuable, actionable safety tips that apply to firefighters, paramedics/EMTs, company officers and chiefs.

Fire chiefs are responsible for keeping firefighter safety and survival at the forefront of the department, even in these challenging economic times. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, chiefs can put a planner into firefighters' hands; it’s an excellent vehicle to get critical safety information to personnel without breaking the budget. These planners are also an excellent way for chiefs to thank members for their service throughout the year and to tell members that they want them to be safe.

The planner features monthly calendar grids with ample space to jot down reminders, tasks and personal appointments. Each month also features a specific safety topic to keep the important reminders about health and safety in front of responders on a day-to-day basis.   

In 2012, the monthly topics include:

  • Mayday Command
  • Watch Out Behind for Roadway Safety
  • Crew Resource Management - A Team Effort
  • Properly Maintaining Your Equipment
  • EMS Scene Safety
  • When to Talk - When to Listen
  • Hazardous Materials Safety
  • Crew Integrity: Staying Together
  • Firefighter Fitness
  • Violent Scenes/Safe Scenes
  • RICS - Know What to Do
  • Helping Yourself - Helping your Family

In addition to these monthly features, the planner doubles as a pocket reference by offering full-page resources relating to:

  • Firefighter Fatality Facts
  • Firefighter Survival
  • Cancer -Safety First
  • Near-Miss Reporting System
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Highway Lane Designations
  • Are You Heart Healthy?
  • 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives
  • Multiple Firefighter Fatalities

Planners can be ordered online at or by phone at 1-877-258-1225, ext. 4021 (Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1900 hours ET).  Orders of 50 or more planners can receive up to five lines of custom personalization on the front cover including your department’s logo.  As department procurement needs may vary, orders may also be placed by mail, email and fax.  For further information on alternative ordering methods, please email   

Proceeds support the work of the SHS, including program and resource development, interagency coordination and safety leadership opportunities. You depend on the SHS to be your firefighter/EMS safety leaders; together we can continue to make a difference.

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Comment by Zachary Wolf on October 17, 2014 at 11:29am

Hey yall looking for safety standown topics to talk about with my crew on shifts anyideas

Comment by Wendy Norris on March 31, 2011 at 8:18pm
FDIC Stair Climb
Comment by Wendy Norris on March 31, 2011 at 3:49pm
The CFSI Stair Climb is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Each participant will be given a picture of an FDNY brother that was killed on September 11, 2001. The climber then symbolically completes the climb the FDNY firefighter could not. There is a $25.00 registration fee and each participant will be given a T-shirt. All proceeds go to support FDNY and their families, not only the families of the 343 that gave their lives but also to the families of those who are losing their lives to World Trade Center related illnesses.

It would mean a great deal if each of the 343 firefighters would be represented at the CFSI Stair Climb.

CFSI 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Site:

Also, please take a look at the First Responder Seat Belt Pledge that is now under the NFFF's Everyone Goes Home Program.
Comment by Wendy Norris on March 25, 2011 at 3:12pm
Here is the organizational chart for the IAFC SHS-
Comment by Wendy Norris on July 28, 2010 at 8:16pm
IAFC SHS Section Accomplishments - 2010

1. Revising and updating the Rules of Engagement for Structural Fireground Operations.

2. Participating on various organizational health and safety committees/work groups.

3. Participating on an IAFC task force to develop recommendations for achieving an annual medical exam for all firefighters in North America.

4. Planning and implementing the annual Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week.

5. Developing national implementation strategies for Prince William County (VA) LODD report recommendations.

6. Assisting in the selection of health and safety-related educational sessions for FRI.

7. Developing partnerships with other organizations interested in firefighter safety.

8. Fulfilling the health and safety goal included in the IAFC’s strategic plan.

9. Assisting the IAFC in the development of policy statements related to health and safety.

10. Promoting new NFPA standards for Ambulance Design Safety, Confined Space Rescue Response, Personal Protective Equipment, and Heath and Safety. Several SHS members are currently serving on and/or leading the applicable NFPA committees.

11. Working on development of a standard definition for LODD and LODI.

12. Revising and updating the two-year Strategic Plan for the SHS Section.
Comment by Wendy Norris on December 7, 2009 at 8:50pm

The SHS Section has launched a program to try to reach as many
firefighters as possible with simple survival messages through the
distribution of 2010 pocket planners. This low-cost program will
generate funds to allow the SHS Section to continue to address
firefighter safety and health issues.

For only $1.50 each,
you ca...n order these pocket planners for your members to tell them that
their lives and families mean so much to you that you want to ensure
that Everyone Goes Home. You will also help us reach more firefighters
than ever with these survival messages. For orders over 50, you can
personalize the cover with your department’s name and information.
Comment by mike james seaborn on July 1, 2009 at 6:50pm
totally awesome it be july 1st and I just found out about the safety week darn!!
Comment by Wendy Norris on July 1, 2009 at 3:22pm

July Take 5- Risk Management: Let’s Break The Accident Chain

The IAFC along with the Safety Health and Survival Section would like to assist you in completing monthly safety briefings with Take 5 safety drills. A component of the new Fire/EMS Safety Support System, the Take 5s come with an Instructor and Student handout designed to help you deliver a short 5 minute safety message to your crew members. A new Take 5 will be posted here each month, so pass on this new program to others to help improve firefighter safety.
Comment by Nancy Lankford McCain on May 4, 2009 at 6:09pm
Berni, I can't think of anything recent, but back in the dark ages in the 70's or 80's I think there may have been one by the IAFF, IAFC or NVFC. Could have been a state association that did something like that.

I know we proved increased injury rates in EMS with increase in hours per week. I am living proof.

Stay safe, you only have 1* !

Comment by Wendy Norris on May 1, 2009 at 11:08pm
Would like to post this link on FEMA Heart Study:

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