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 JP Moore on March 27, 2009 at 9:05am
Thanks for the invite Wendy. This is important stuff and we all need to pay attention.
Comment by Wendy Norris on March 27, 2009 at 12:34am
Remember, you don't have to be a fire chief to join! We are always looking for individuals who are interested in the health and safety of firefighters. If you would like to be a part of a prestigious group of fire service leaders that are invested into saving the lives of firefighters, then send me a PM. It's only $100 to join the IAFC-SHS section.
Comment by Karen Lee FitzPatrick on March 26, 2009 at 11:02pm
Thanks so much Wendy for starting this important group and raising the bar for safety awareness!--Karen Lee and Friends
Comment by Mark Michelsen - Aerial Fire Fighter on March 26, 2009 at 10:59pm
I just want to say thank you very much for the invite to this group. I look forward to contributing in the future. R's-Mark
Comment by Wendy Norris on March 26, 2009 at 10:55pm
Thanks Ken for joining and for adding your input! It's much appreciated!!

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