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Firefighter Safety Stand Down Will Focus on Rehab

Posted: April 29, 2021

The 2021 Firefighter Safety Stand Down will take place June 20‑26. This year's theme is “Rebuild Rehab.”

Firefighting puts intense strain on firefighters, both physically and mentally. It is critical that firefighters receive a comprehensive rehab program after fire incidents.

The Safety Stand Down campaign encourages departments to suspend nonemergency activities for a week to conduct safety training focused on physical and psychological rehab, which are critical to mitigating the physiological and mental impacts of firefighting. Departments should revisit rehab procedures to ensure that post-incident protocol covers all areas of health and safety, including cardiac, nutrition, exposure, psychological, hydration and heat stress.

Education and training resources are available on the Safety Stand Down website for fire departments to use within their programs throughout the week. Some of the resources supporting “Rebuild Rehab” include:

Safety Stand Down is sponsored by the IAFC's Safety, Health and Survival Section, the NVFC, and the NFPA. The NFPA will host the annual 2021 Safety Stand Down Quiz. Everyone who completes the quiz will receive an entry into a sweepstakes to win one of 200 commemorative Safety Stand Down challenge coins.

This article is based on content in the
April 29, 2021 InfoGram.

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