Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Spotlight
Initiative 1 - Cultural Change
Initiative 2 - Accountability
Initiative 3 - Risk Management
Initiative 4 - Empowerment
Initiative 5 - Training & Certification
Initiative 6 - Medical & Physical Fitness
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Initiative 16 - Apparatus
After Action Review

The first step in observing stress in firefighters and EMS personnel begins with at the "back step" or kitchen table where every call and response is discussed. Based on the military principles of reviewing every activity, AAR is becoming widely accepted in the fire service. Our NFFF motto, "Everytime Wheels Roll" means just that - after every training exercise, every call, every time firefighters and EMTs are performing their duties, five simple questions are asked:

1. What was our mission?
2. What went well?
3. What could have gone better?
4. What might we have differently?
5. Who needs to know?

AAR is delivered by the NFFF as an online module, compete with a test, and an immediately printable certificate of completion. The AAR module features Lieutenant General Robert Schmidle of the US Marine Corps who speaks of the value of AAR. His comments inform the kitchen table discussion by of the East Hartford (CT) Fire Department who demonstrate how they approach AAR and explain its value.

Related:
» Take the Course: After Action Review
» Download: After Action Review Flyer
» Download: After Action Review Poster
» Download: After Action Review Pocket Card

The 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (FLSI) 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. The story of the development of the FLSI is a fascinating one. More information and access to supporting resources and a data base of thousands of articles can be found at the Everyone Goes Home® website www.everyonegoeshome.com.
 
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