Protecting our First Responders on Roadways!
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
Taking place each year during the third week of June, Firefighter Safety Stand Down highlights critical safety, health, and survival issues for the fire and emergency services. Departments and personnel are asked to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week to focus their attention on safety and health education and training. A week is provided to ensure all duty shifts can participate.
The 2020 Safety Stand Down takes place June 14-20. This year’s theme calls attention to the hazards that responders face while performing their duties on roadways. Operating in roadways continues to be some of the most treacherous incident scenes we respond to.
Here is this year’s Safety Stand Down: https://www.safetystanddown.org/
Firefighters across the country want you to be safe while on the road. Thousands of people die every year in over 5.4 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA. That averages out to crashes causing the deaths of 90 people each day, one every 16 minutes.
We will look out after you, please look out after us while on the roadways. Here are some safety tips for you while on the road courtesy of the AAA https://aaafoundation.org/