Take and share the 2020 Safety Stand Down Quiz to encourage responder roadway safety

April 30, 2020– The “2020 Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz” Sweepstakes is now live. The informative and interactive online quiz is designed to reinforce the safety messages that are part of this year’s Safety Stand Down theme: “Building a Super Highway to Safety – Protecting our Responders on Roadways.”

Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health & Survival Section, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) organize the Safety Stand Down campaign and quiz to bring attention to a particular responder safety concern. This year’s initiative highlights safety measures to protect firefighters, EMS providers, and other emergency personnel while responding to roadway incidents.

Responders are encouraged to refresh their roadside safety techniques and learn new skills based on current research, nationally recognized best practices, and the growing number of distracted drivers behind the wheel today. Emergency services personnel are also asked to take and promote the Safety Stand Down quiz, which features 12 questions and is now available at www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz. Those who complete the quiz by Wednesday, June 17 will be automatically entered in a sweepstakes; 200 randomly selected participants will win a limited-edition challenge coin commemorating this year’s Safety Stand Down theme.

During the week of June 14-20, agencies across the country are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities and focus on training and education related to this year’s Safety Stand Down theme. An entire week is provided to ensure that all shifts and personnel can participate.

“Responders performing their duties on roadways are increasingly at risk, given the number of motorists using their mobile phones and multi-tasking while driving these days,” said Curt Floyd, NFPA’s fire service technical lead and a former deputy fire chief. “The 2020 Safety Stand Down campaign and quiz reinforce the importance of staying alert and operating safely while providing emergency services on the side of the road.”

Resources to plan for and participate in Safety Stand Down are available at www.safetystanddown.org. The event is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations, including ResponderSafety.com who assisted in the quiz development.

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

 As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage.

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 critical 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 self-funded 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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