FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – The Forsyth County Fire Department will participate in the
2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week June 15-21. 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.
The annual event aims to improve firefighter survival rates during emergencies and in the long term. Fire departments across the world will increase awareness and action for safety and health.
"The Forsyth County Fire Department is looking forward to participating in Safety and
Health Week once again this year," Division Chief Jason Shivers said. He notes that daily response will not be affected. "Responding to the citizens' request for assistance is always our top priority."
The department has 172 personnel that protect approximately 195,400 citizens over an area of 247 square miles.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, and 81,000 firefighters are injured each year in the U.S. Safety and Health Week provides a time for the entire fire service community to help prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
"Line-of-duty deaths are the most horrible event a fire department can experience," said Shivers. "Sadly, the Forsyth County Fire Department has suffered three such losses in our history. We are committed to reducing the risk of such losses as much as possible by way of our hiring practices, training guidelines and physical fitness efforts. The fire service is a dangerous profession, but we want to afford our troops every opportunity to complete a full career injury-free and enjoy a long retirement afterward."