May 16, 2016
– As part of the 2016 Safety Stand Down, the “Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz” Sweepstakes is back. Hosted by the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) in coordination with the International Association of Fire Chiefs
(IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council
(NVFC), the interactive online quiz reinforces the training messages behind this year’s theme, “The First Five Minutes of Fire Attack.”
The quiz will be available online May 16 through June 17, 2016 at www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz and contains 15 questions on firefighter safety during the first five minutes of structural fire response. Career and volunteer firefighters, EMTs and other fire department employees and members are invited to participate. Everyone who completes the quiz will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes; 200 randomly selected participants will win a specially designed challenge coin commemorating this year’s Safety Stand Down.
Safety Stand Down, formerly called International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, takes place June 19-25, 2016. Members of the fire and emergency services are encouraged to use this week to focus on increasing their safety at the fireground and what each member of the department should be doing in the first five minutes of structural fire response, including the chief, incident commander, company officer, and firefighter. Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the IAFC and NVFC.
“Safety Stand Down is an important initiative for first responders to learn about safety during the critical first five minutes of a fire attack, including topics like stretching the initial hose line and putting water on the fire,” said Ken Willette, NFPA’s fire service segment director and a former fire chief. “We want to help more fire service members learn about the importance of safety and have found this annual quiz to be a successful way of doing that. We look forward to even further participation this year.”
Test your knowledge today at www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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