Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative

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How to Organize Your Own Face Team


1. Select your initial core members

This should include personnel who are:

  • committed and their involvement is for effective change
  • formal and informal leaders in the department
  • influential members of both union and management
  • represented by different sections in the department (firefighters,  mechanics, investigators, airpot, varied ranks etc)
  • active and retired (many “retirees” bring leadership and have a lot to offer)
  • involved in risk management, risk reduction
  • committed to building sustainability, ensure team roster includes younger members as well 

2. Select a mission and vision statement, and slogan (if applicable)
* You have permission to copy all of this verbatim or modify as you wish.

 A Mission Statement defines the team’s objectives and its approach to reach those objectives. A Vision Statement describes the desired future position of the team.

 Sample Mission Statement from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue:

The mission of FACE is to identify all contributing factors to the alarming cancer rates among the members of PBCFR and the fire service.  And with that, to create methods of reducing or eliminating these factors. We will do this through research, education, prevention and support.   Our mission will be driven by this one purpose and commitment: to improve the health and lives of fire service personnel.

Sample Vision Statement from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue:

Our Vision is a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue free of occupationally related cancer exposures & incidents and a fire service created where all members are empowered with the desire, knowledge and abilities to capture and sustain our mission. 

3. Select your meeting date/time and meeting location

It is best to select the same date and time (first Wednesday of the month at 1-3pm)

Tips:

  • Have the meeting without fail at the set time.
  • Lock in your meeting location and time for the year and announce them.
  • When you first form, you may decide to meet more frequently.
  • We have a CORE Team meeting - overall monthly meeting.
  • There are also sub committee meetings as needed: smaller groups working on specific projects. 

4. Select 3-5 priorities and a timeline to reach these goals

The team may solicit ideas and suggestions from management, members of the organization or simply the team members. Possible priorities include:

  • Gross Decon of personnel and gear at fire scenes,
  • Diesel exhaust capturing
  • Accessibility to advanced cleaning for gear


5. Share your goals and accomplishments

Schedule regular meetings with your administration to keep them informed and supportive of the team’s effort. Publish minutes, a newsletter, department wide e mail, to keep your department personnel updated as to the progress and direction of the team.

6. Stay involved in current research and best practices

Attend Regional your region’s Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative meetings, state conferences that include firefighter safety, and articles published in professional journals.  Ensure all members as connected to our State FACE Team by joining www.floridafirefightersafety.org & social media sites.  

7. Stay focused on mission and vision - work for change.

Be encouraged that you’re bringing health and quality of life for our fire service.  That the work, energy and commitment of all members of your team matters more likely than not than any committee they've been apart of. Be consistent and persistent but patient.

Disclaimer

The Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative is an organization formed to provide our members shared knowledge and resources based on best practices and research available from a myriad of confirmed resources. This website serves as a vehicle to share this information. 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.