The National Safety Culture Change Initiative (NSCCI) was developed to advocate for the need for culture change for health and safety within the fire service. This effort is led by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

NSCCI will identify:

Individual behaviors that adversely impact firefighter safety and health

Organizational factors that adversely impact firefighter safety and health

Strategies to mitigate these effects

Organizational leadership and personal responsibility are critical in creating the culture change needed in the fire service to promote firefighter safety.

Life Safety Initiatives

This study supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Life Safety Initiative#1Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.

Focus Areas

Since approximately 50% of on duty firefighter fatalities result from cardiovascular issues and 25% result from vehicle incidents, and many of these deaths occur at operational incidents, this initiative will focus on annual medical exams for all fire/EMS personnel, vehicle operations, and incident risk management.