The Forsyth County Fire Department will participate in the 2013 Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week that starts today.
Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council, the week is supported by a network of fire service, health and safety organizations.
The annual event aims to improve firefighter safety and health to give all a better chance of survival during emergencies and the long term.
Fire departments across the world will take time during the week to focus on the messages and resources that will help achieve that goal.
“All Forsyth County firefighters will be training on the objectives outlined as a part of this initiative,” said Division Chief Jason Shivers. “It is important to note, however, that our daily response will in no way be impacted.”
The theme for the week this year is “A Focus on Improvement,” which captures the importance of responders taking responsibility for looking out for their own and each other’s mental and physical well-being.
According to data collected by the National Fire Protection Association, stress, exertion and other medical-related issues, which usually result in heart attacks or other sudden cardiac events, continue to account for the largest number of fatalities among first responders.
Another major focus of the week will be addressing behavioral health issues.
“Our commitment to promoting the health and safety of our employees is why we believe it is so important to participate in this annual event,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman.