The Illinois Firefighter Life Safety Task Force (IFLSTF) exists for the improvement of firefighter life safety that results in the decrease of line-of-duty related injuries and deaths.
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.
As an affiliate of the Illinois Fire Services Association, IFLSTF has determined that advancement of the FSLI needs to begin with awareness. Thus, the IFLSTF strives to provide departments with concrete ways to ingrain the FLSI into the fabric of their organization by providing relevant resources, social media connections, and Courage-To-Be-Safe training.
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Picture your neighbor’s house…steam and smoke lazily coming out of the hole in the roof as you watch salvage and overhaul crews entering the house. Most of the men and women too busy to realize that you are there watching, not knowing that you are a firefighter and understand the entire process that is unfolding in the front yard of the house next door. You know it will only be a matter of [ Read More ]
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