Participate in the Safety Stand Down Week, June 17 to 23

This year’s theme Be Aware — Get Checked

Posted: May 31, 2018

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Safety Stand Down Week highlights critical safety, health and survival issues for the fire and emergency services. All departments and personnel are asked to take the week of June 17 to 23 to focus your attention on safety and health education and training. A week is provided to ensure all duty shifts can participate.

This year’s Safety Stand Down focuses on the value of annual medical evaluations/physicals for fire and emergency services organizations. Firefighters face many risks, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and more. Early detection through annual medical evaluations and physicals saves lives!

The U.S. Fire Administration is partnering with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) – Safety, Health and Survival Section and the National Volunteer Fire Council in this effort to help educate fire and emergency service organizations about the value of annual medical evaluations and physicals.

For more information to help you and your department plan a successful Safety Stand Down Week, including:

Visit the Stand Down website

Safety Stand Down webinar: Be Aware — Get Checked

Previously recorded

Presenters discuss critical safety, health and survival issues for the fire and emergency services. Participants will learn:

  • The importance of an annual medical physical.
  • The most significant health risk factors for firefighters and how an annual medical physical can help to manage risks.
  • How to implement concepts to work toward an annual medical physical program in your organization.


  • Sara A. Jahnke, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes
  • Todd LaDuc, Executive Assistant Chief, Broward County Sheriff Fire Rescue (FL) and IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section Board Member
Watch the webinar

2018 Safety Stand Down poster

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