May 2, 2023 -- In support of this year’s Safety Stand Down campaign, June 18-24, the Safety Stand Down Sweepstakes Quiz is now live, featuring questions that reinforce key messages and practices behind this year’s theme, “Lithium-Ion Batteries: Are You Ready?”
Each year, the Safety Stand Down campaign and sweepstakes quiz are organized by the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health & Survival Section, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), with the collective goal of focusing attention on a particular responder safety concern during the third week in June. This year’s Safety Stand Down works to help ensure that firefighters know how to safely handle lithium-ion batteries in a variety of situations and scenarios.
In support of this year’s Safety Stand Down, emergency services personnel are encouraged to take and promote the quiz. Those who complete it by Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET will be automatically entered in a sweepstakes where 200 randomly selected participants will win a limited-edition challenge coin commemorating the 2023 theme. The quiz is available on the Safety Stand Down website at www.SafetyStandDown.org.
During the week of Safety Stand Down, fire departments across the country are asked to suspend all non-emergency activities and train on lithium-ion battery response; an entire week is provided to ensure that all shifts and personnel can participate. Leading up to Safety Stand Down, fire service leaders and training officers can visit the campaign website to access a wealth of information, training, and resources that can help prepare for these efforts. New content and event updates will be added to the website in the weeks to come.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical tools, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.
About the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA)
The Fire Department Safety Officers Association was established in 1989 as a non-profit Association. Its mission is to promote safety standards and practices in the fire, rescue, and emergency services fields. FDSOA works to help first responders achieve proficiency, skills, and safety; and promotes the safety and health responsibilities that Safety Officers have to departments and communities.
About the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)
Founded in 1896, NFPA® is a global, self-funded, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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