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Firefighter safety stand-down to focus on roadway operations

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Greenbelt, MD — “Building a Superhighway to Safety – Protecting our Responders on Roadways” is the theme for the 2020 Firefighter Safety Stand Down.

Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section; the National Volunteer Fire Council; and the National Fire Protection Association, the event is scheduled to take place June 14-20.

“Operating in roadways during an emergency incident is one of the most treacherous threats that first responders encounter on the job,” a March 3 NVFC press release states. “This important initiative encourages everyone to refresh their safety techniques and learn new skills based on current research, nationally recognized best practices, and a growing number of distracted drivers on streets and highways.”

 

The organizations are encouraging responder agencies to suspend all non-emergency activities during that week to focus on education and training for roadway safety. Training, videos and other information are available at safetystanddown.org. In addition, NFPA will be conducting an online quiz, with participants receiving automatic entry into a sweepstakes.

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