Improving Firefighter Life Safety to reduce line-of-duty injuries and deaths is the main goal of the Illinois Firefighter Life Safety Task Force (IFLSTF). The primary means to accomplish this is the advancement of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (FLSI), which were developed at a 2004 Firefighter Life Safety Summit. The Summit, which was hosted by the NFFF, in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration, was an important first step in a major campaign to help reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years. Though the first milestone has been elusive, by raising awareness of the Initiatives and all doing our part to make them a reality, we can still reach the goals.
An affiliate of the Illinois Fire Services Association, IFLSTF has determined that advancement of the FSLI needs to begin with awareness. Following this, the Task Force will aim to provide departments with concrete ways to ingrain the FLSI into the fabric of their organization.
Though raising awareness will occur through a variety of means, one way that the IFLSTF has identified to get the Initiatives in front of all firefighters is through series of Safety Bulletins that are being distributed via electronic means, the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s portal, email blasts, and limited mailings. Most importantly, distribution will occur through a grass roots effort – if you get it, pass it on!