Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Courage to Lead and be Safe

Today is June 20th, the seventh day in the Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week.
This is the culminating day of what hopefully has been an opportune week to dedicate time and energies to focus on the mission critical and life sustaining functional areas of our fire and EMS profession.
The theme this year was Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility and encouraged chiefs and fire/EMS personnel to focus on what they personally could do to manage risk and enhance their health and safety. This year’s theme reflected the need for personal responsibility and accountability within a strong safety culture.

The Consciences Observer or Activist
So the operative question this Saturday is this: What did you do, participate in, contribute, join in, share, lead, promote, instruct, present, facilitate, help, assist, aid, or neglect, disregard, undermine, abuse, challenge, demoralize, undercut, damage, torpedo, circumvent, or avoid?

A considerable and tangible effort was made by most organizations, departments and staff I had the opportunity to talk to around the nation this week. It was clearly evident that a majority of online fire service trade magazines, journals, services, blogs and eMedia, social + networking communities also dedicated editorial attention and perspectives towards the themes and focus of Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival week.

Were you an active participant, engaged and contributing or were you the consciences observer, passively or aggressively sitting on the sidelines of the apparatus floor? Campaigner or militant; advocate or protester? Where do you stand? What are your convictions, how are you making the job safer?

Stop and reflect today, where do you stand? What are your true beliefs and convictions in regards to the developing safety culture that is being forged and institutionalized within our fire service? Are your professing one thing, but implementing or allowing another circumstance?

The Courage to be Safe….if not now….When?
Take a definitive Leadership Role, Act and Be a Leader...

Take a look at this video HERE, you’ll hopefully understand what it all means..…..

Remember: “ Building Knowledge = Firefighter Safety”

Take the time to check out these excellent programs and initiatives from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program; HERE

Take a special look at two exceptional program offerings: The Courage to Be Safe Program and The Safety Through Leadership Program. For additional information you may visit the NFFF web site at: http://www.firehero.org/
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