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This June’s Safety Stand Down campaign will center around situational awareness

Safety Stand Down logoSituational Awareness: The Foundation for Good Decision-Making is the theme of the 2022 Safety Stand Down campaign which will take place June 19-25. 

Situational awareness helps firefighters solve problems, prevent bad outcomes, and make better decisions in high stress environments. To help departments across the country highlight situational awareness during the Safety Stand Down week, related content, training videos, and a PowerPoint presentation will be periodically added to the program website (

This year’s campaign has been broken into five focus areas structure fires, EMS calls, wildland incidents, roadway response, and acts of violenceso that safety officers, training leads, command staff, and others can plan and implement situational awareness education and activities.

Each year, responder agencies are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during a designated week in June and focus on a particular aspect of work that could have serious safety implications, if not reinforced with training and new insights. Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA).

To help raise awareness of this year’s theme and foster a greater understanding of situational awareness considerations and scenarios, NFPA will once again host the Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz this spring. Everyone who completes the online quiz will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing to win one of 200 commemorative Safety Stand Down challenge coins. Keep an eye on social media for the launch of the Safety Stand Down quiz and be sure to visit in the coming months to learn more about related resources.

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Cathy Longley
Communications Manager, informing stakeholders about NFPA thought leadership, subject matter expertise, resources, initiatives & research.

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