Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Regional Collaboratives
Lt Brian Hughes
Cpt Tracy Hooten, Jacksonville Fire
Lt Anthony Willis, Orange County Fire
Chief Tracy McMillion, Iona McGregor Fire
Cpt Chris Bator, Coral Spring Fire
A Collaborative in Your Area:
- Florida regions must be established and approved by Chris Bator (Program Manager – email@example.com). Other states who desire a to create a State collaborative can also contact Chris Bator who can assist in providing all necessary information and guidance.
- Inquire with other fire departments, private industry, health affiliates in your area to solicit their active participation in your regional collaborative. The key to the FFSHC is resource sharing among all agencies.
- There is no membership fees. It is not the intent of our Collaborative to operate for the benefit of private interests, to sponsor or endorse ANY specific agency, vendor, manufacturer or product. Nor is it our intent to support or endorse any political candidate or campaign for elected public office.
Other State Collaboratives:
Georgia Safety & Health Collaborative
Marc Maikoski, Alpharetta Fire Rescue Dept
Wisconsin Safety & Health Collaborative
Mike Degarmo, Racine Fire Dept
California Safety & Health Collaborative
Jeff Hughes - firstname.lastname@example.org
Start a Collaborative in Your State:
- Identify personnel to lead the Collaborative. Leaders occur at every rank and they are willing to do the work with support from their administration These leaders already exist in each in your region, state or province. Chances are you already know who they are. What is truly needed is for Chief Officers to identify these informal/formal leaders and give them an opportunity to create and support a collaborative.
In most cases Firefighters have been trained to seek all answers from our Fire Chiefs and if they don’t have the answers they stop trying. In the case of Firefighter Suicide’s and Firefighter Cancer these are topics that the entire Fire Service is still becoming more aware of and we should not expect Fire Chiefs to have these answers. We must move beyond working with just the Fire Service and begin to develop relationships and partnerships beyond our Fire Departments. There are already numerous resources available. It just takes a few willing personnel who are dedicated and willing to lead by bringing them all together to collaborate.
- Regional Meeting - Everything starts locally. Hold a regional meeting and invite your neighboring Fire Departments, and safety and health advocates to attend. Present a topic on a safety and health issue affecting your department or region. Listen and learn from each other, chances are what’s effecting your neighboring dept. is also affecting yours. Continue holding regional meetings quarterly to further build these relationships.
- Build Relationships - Work with your neighboring Fire Departments, local law enforcement, State Fire Marshalls Office, Safety Division, State Fire Training Centers. Connect with a university, college or research institute. Develop relationships with your insurance providers, unions, volunteer organizations and Fire Chief Associations.
- Get Connected - Connect with local, State and National safety and health organizations and leaders.
- Social Media - Take advantage of all Social Media outlets, create a state newsletter and maximize the opportunity to share what is occurring in your region as it relates to Firefighter Safety and Health.
- Develop Teams - Identify your subject matter experts from across your region and let them get to work and share the findings with members of the collaborative.
- Share Resources - Build a website that includes a resource management system to hold and share SOP/SOG’s as well as other resources that others can access, upload and share freely.
- 501c3 - It may be also be wise to start a 501c3 Non-Profit.- We found that because we all work for different Fire Departments throughout Florida and operating a collaborative does come with costs associated like website development and maintenance, education material, program development and travel expenses to regions within the state to complete the mission. We also found that many corporations and Safety and health advocates want to help and donate to support the mission. Starting a 501c3 is a great way to support the mission of the State Wide Collaborative.