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Fire Department Takes Steps to Increase Roadway Safety and asks the Community for Help

Post Date:06/16/2020 4:30 PM

The City of San Luis Obispo Fire Department staff are suspending all non-emergency activity this week to participate in the annual 2020 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Week and asks community members participate by practicing increased awareness of roadway safety.

 Taking place each year during the third week of June, Safety Stand Down highlight’s critical safety, health, and survival issues for the fire and emergency services. Fire Department personnel are asked to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week to focus their attention on safety and health education and training. A week is provided to ensure all duty shifts can participate.

The 2020 Safety Stand Down takes place June 14-20. This year’s theme calls attention to the hazards that responders face while performing their duties on roadways. Operating in roadways continues to be some of the most treacherous incident scenes fire departments respond to.

“Roadway safety is a team effort, and everyone can do their part,” said Fire Chief Keith Aggson. “Firefighters will continue to provide safe emergency care to ensure the safety of our community and personnel, while the public can maintain high attention while driving on our roads.”

The Community can help participate by increasing their awareness while out on the road and taking these simple steps:

  1. When seeing lights, vests or reflectors on the side of the highway, slow down and move over.
  2. If you are in a minor vehicle accident, are not seriously injured and your car is drivable, move off the road to a safe location.
  3. Use hands-free devices for cell phones and never text and drive.

The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department has many resources to help improve individual emergency preparedness. For more information, please visit  www.slocity.org/prepare. To receive updates from the City, please register for City News e-notifications on the City’s website at www.slocity.org or follow the City of San Luis Obispo on social media.

The 2020 Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

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