TAVARES - Lake County Fire Rescue is participating in the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week from June 14-20. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and is supported by a network of emergency service, health and safety organizations.
Safety and Health Week is an annual event that aims to improve the health and safety of firefighters in order to offer a better chance of survival during emergencies and in the long-term. Fire departments across the world will take time during the week to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments. In observance of Safety and Health Week, Lake County Fire Rescue personnel are instructed to perform training assignments, and are provided additional educational information on firefighter survival, training and health.
The theme for Safety and Health Week this year is “Creating a Culture of Safety” and focuses on what can be done to improve safety in three specific areas:
• In the community, by promoting fire prevention and risk reduction strategies to prevent fires and other emergencies.
• In the department, by strengthening standard operating procedures that re-enforce safety and creating department health and wellness programs.
• For the individual, by encouraging firefighters and EMS providers to take personal responsibility for their safety and health.
“Lake County Fire Rescue continues to make safety for its citizens and firefighters a top priority,” said Lake County Public Safety Chief John Jolliff. “The department is continually working to ensure the highest level of performance and safety precautions are in place.”
Safety and Health Week provides a time for department members to focus on the safety and health measures they need to take both on and off duty to ensure they stay ready and able to best serve the community at a moment’s notice. The public can also do their part by following recommended fire prevention practices, such as making sure they have working smoke alarms.
For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, like Fire Rescue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.
MEDIA: For questions about Lake County Fire Rescue active calls and incidents, contact Lake County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Chief Jack Fillman at 352-343-5434.