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Homeland Security Under Secretary Calls on Fire Departments Nationwide to Make Health and Safety a Priority

Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Defense for Emergency Preparedness and Response and head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is calling on America’s firefighters to step aside from routine duties tomorrow, June 21, 2005, and “stand down” to focus on their own health and safety. FEMA, which includes the U.S. Fire Administration is joining 20 other organizations in the first-ever National Stand Down Day for Firefighter Health and Safety. “Too many firefighters are being injured or killed in the line of duty and when they return to the firehouse,” Brown said. “So many of these deaths could have been prevented by firefighters learning about health and safety, training in health and safety and applying healthy and safe practices whether on the fireground, at the fire station or when they go home.” Full Story

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