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Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City to Participate in 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

Sugar Land, TX News (June 10, 2014) - From June 15 – 21, Missouri City will participate in the 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC and is supported by a network of fire service, health, and safety organizations.

This annual event aims to improve firefighter safety and health to give all a better chance of survival during emergencies and long-term. Fire departments across the world will take time during the week to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.

“Missouri City’s Fire and Rescue Services Department is dedicated to living up to our slogan of Service, Honor, Commitment. We cannot say them unless we accept responsibility and are willing to hold each other accountable for their meaning,” Fire and Rescue Services Chief Russell Sander said. “These three words are the hallmark of accountability each member of MCFRS should embrace. We are accountable to our families, each other, and our citizens.”

The theme for Safety and Health Week this year is “Train Like You Fight.” Training is a critical component of firefighter and emergency medical responder safety, and this focus captures two angles of responder safety:

  • Safety on the training ground and reduction of training-related injuries and death
  • The importance of adequate training to prepare for safe fire-ground operations

“The citizens of Missouri City depend on MCFRS to provide critical, life-saving services and be ready to respond to all types of emergencies and disasters,” Chief Sander said. “With heart attacks the leading cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, around 81,000 firefighters injured each year, and a number of safety and health concerns facing first responders every day, it is especially important that each responder is prepared in every way when the call comes in.”

Safety and Health Week provides a time for all department members to focus on the safety and health measures they need to take both on and off duty to make sure they stay strong and are ready to serve the community at a moment’s notice. The event brings together the entire fire service community to help prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

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