Fireground Fitness Podcast: Everyone Goes Home

On the Fireground Fitness podcast we will host a discussion with firefighters and allied professionals and discuss the life lessons learned on and off the fireground. How do we become more effective and successful in high stress and difficult situations, life in a nut shell? Well, we're gonna sit down at the kitchen table and talk it out!

Battalion Chief Rayne Gray

Giving back is a big part of fire service tradition and Christopher Baker fully embraces this tradition. Serving 14 on the job, while also volunteering his time with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the National Fire Heritage Center as well as running his own "Future Firefighter" mentoring group. And if that's not enough he's currently sitting on an IFSTA validation committee for the 8th edition of the "Fundamentals of Firefighting".

In episode 26 we covered a tremendous amount of topics but spent most of our time talking about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's "everyone goes home" campaign. A topic worthy of your time, check it out!

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This blog has a deep archive of training sessions that will remain available for your viewing. However the content moving forward will not solely focus on fitness. Rather it will be a discussion of all things pertaining to capacity, effectiveness and survivability on the fireground.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for families of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Everyone Goes Home Program

In March 2004, the Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held in Tampa, Florida to address the need for change within the fire and emergency services. Through this meeting, 16 Life Safety Initiatives were produced to ensure that Everyone Goes Home®.

The Everyone Goes Home® program, founded by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, provides free training, resources, and programs to champion and implement the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. The goal of the Everyone Goes Home® Program is to reduce the number of preventable firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

The Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program is made possible through the efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with funding provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

The 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were jointly developed by representatives of the major fire service constituencies in 2004 at a Firefighter Safety Summit in Tampa, FL. At that time, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was tasked with promulgating the Initiatives throughout the fire service, and developing material to support their implementation.

Since then, the Initiatives have deeply informed the emerging safety culture in the US fire service, and become the bedrock foundation for thousands of fire departments and EMS organizations who have a desire to ensure that their firefighters and medics return home safely after every shift.

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Fire Hero Learning Network

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides FireHeroLearningNetwork.Com to further the organization's mission and the goals of the Everyone Goes Home® program by providing free, vetted training and resources to all members of the fire service. Fire Hero Learning Network delivers critical safety, operations, and community relations fire service training, from the line firefighter through to command and leadership. Unless otherwise noted, the modules on FireHeroLearningNetwork.Com are appropriate for all levels of the fire service, all staffing characteristics (career, volunteer, and combination), all jurisdictions in the United States, and all types of firefighting (including public, private, structure, vehicle, wildland, military, transportation authority, State Fire Marshal, special squad, and academia). Available interactive training resources include: modules, operational checklists, fire attack scenarios, and podcasts.

2020 Fire Service Health & Safety Report