The NFPA, IAFC and NVFC launched a new contest this week, asking career firefighters, volunteer firefighters or other fire department employees and fire service members to submit a video that highlights their fire company operationally demonstrating firefighter health and safety.
The Contest will utilize the theme of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) combined International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which will be June 17-23, 2012. This year’s theme will be “Rules You Can Live By.”
Members of the fire service can submit their company-level videos demonstrating the safe practices of any of the IAFC’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival and Incident Commanders and NVFC’s Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Health. While any of the Rules may be used as the subject of each video, the following are a focus for NFPA due to their ability to help in promoting an increased awareness of safety and health as we work to change the culture in the fire service as well as assist in our curriculum development. These rules are:
- Determine the occupant survival profile
- Maintain continuous awareness of your air supply, situation, location and fire conditions
- Ensure accurate accountability of every firefighter’s location and status
- Take steps towards meeting NFPA health standards, such as NFPA 1500
- Set S.M.A.R.T. goals for your health action plan – specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely
- Rehab after all physical activity – stay hydrated
All videos submitted, regardless of topic chosen, will be given equal weight during the judging process.
Videos (3 minutes or less) are to be submitted between March 26 and May 11. NFPA, IAFC and NVFC will choose four finalists, and the public will be permitted to vote for one video per day from May 18 – June 11. The Contest winner will be announced on June 12 during the Fire Service Section Reception at the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo. All submissions will become the property of NFPA.
The fire company that receives the most votes for their video will receive a set of the most up to date NFPA public fire protection standards. The fire company will also receive an Apple iPad and $250 iTunes gift card to be used for training purposes and access to NFPA mobile applications. In addition, representatives from NFPA will visit the winning fire department to present the prize and hold a press event garnering local media attention.