NFPA, IAFC and NVFC launch 2017 Safety Stand Down Quiz Sweepstakes

June 12, 2017 – The “Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz” Sweepstakes is back as part of the annual Safety Stand Down campaign. Hosted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the interactive online quiz emphasizes the importance of the 2017 Safety Stand Down theme, “Mayday, Self Rescue & Rapid Intervention.” 

The NFPA, IAFC and NVFC are asking career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, EMTs and other fire service personnel to take the 2017 quiz, which will be available June 12 through June 24 at www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz. The quiz contains 17 questions related to “Mayday” situations and the response tactics required when rescuing a trapped firefighter.

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 theme.

Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the IAFC and NVFC. Formerly called International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, the educational and awareness initiative takes place June 18-24. With this year’s theme, members of the fire and emergency services are encouraged to review self-rescue strategies and protocol for rescuing trapped firefighters that week. This year’s campaign and training refreshers apply to chiefs, incident commanders, company officers, and firefighters. 

“Safety Stand Down highlights the importance of firefighter safety and the need for being informed and responsive on the fire ground,” said Ken Willette, NFPA’s fire service segment director and a former fire chief. “The Mayday and firefighter rescue theme applies to all levels of the fire service. NFPA applauds the NVFC and the IAFC for reminding firefighters and command staff to remain vigilant in their training and responsiveness. We are happy to reinforce key rescue messages via our Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz.”

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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