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Titusville Firefighters to Participate in National Fire and EMS Safety Stand Down

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The Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department will be participating in the 2007 International Fire and EMS Safety Stand Down June 20-22.  A stand down is a method used to correct an issue that has been identified as a problem.  This stand down is to raise the level of awareness toward fire fighter and EMS safety and call attention to the unacceptable number of deaths and injuries plaguing fire and EMS departments.  "We are looking forward to participating in the Stand Down, " said Titusville EMS/Training Chief Robert Allard.  The safety of our firefighters is as equally important as executing their skills in an emergency to benefit our citizens."

The Stand Down, themed "Ready to Respond," will focus on preparing firefighters and EMS personnel for their daily duties by reviewing their training and the proper use of equipment to ensure safe response, mitigation and return from all emergency situations.  Failure to remain cautious can cause routine activities to become hazardous, as has been shown in the many fire service and emergency medical service line -of-duty deaths and injuries.  In 2006, 105 firefighters died in the line of duty; already this year, 26 have been lost.  The purpose of the Stand Down is to reduce these deaths and injuries by calling attention to safety practices and improving them. 

Explained Chief Allard, "During our department's stand down in June, we will still respond to emergency calls, but we will stand down from normal operations and focus on the issue of safety during these three days.  "Ready to Respond" was selected to highlight the need to pay attention to the little details that if not addressed can cause complacency, injury and sometimes death.  The emergency services are a dangerous profession so by making sure we can do all we can to address the little details before we respond helps to make sure we have done all we can so we have as high a likelihood as possible to come home to our loved ones."

Chief Allard reiterated, "Only by focusing on firefighter personal health, response safety and scene safety can we all live by our motto '"Everybody Goes Home" at the end of their shift."





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