1) Empower First Responders Worldwide – Modelled after the highly successful Congressional Fire Services Caucus and Institute (CFSI), One World for Life (OWFL) has the primary purpose of empowering First Responders worldwide. Varying from country to country, First Responders may be defined as paid law enforcement, firefighters, military personnel, militia, and/or, in most cases, trained and untrained volunteers. In the United States, for example, the majority of the 32,000 Fire and EMS Departments are fully-volunteer or partly-volunteer. Most of these organizations are independent 501(c)3 non-profits operating independently of government and unifying organizations. When disasters occur, anywhere in the world, First Responders make themselves available to support the efforts of other First Responders. But there is a pressing need to assist these First Responders :
2) Identify and leverage appropriate military and civilian technology to predict and prevent disasters, enhance response and recovery, mitigate severity of loss, enhance protection and safety for First Responders and enhance recovery operations:
In addition, OWFL will seek to establish interfaces between locally based community organizations to establish First Responder awareness and support groups worldwide (modelled after the US National network of 1100 Community Action Agencies).
OWFL will establish formal First Responder Recognition Programs through organizations, such as the Knights of Malta, Nobel Family Networks and other entities.
OWFL will include First Responders in every nation worldwide—period.
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Join me for another episode of Firefighter Wellness Radio on Fire Engineering blog talk December 12th 19:30EST. We have an amazing guest this episode who is Attorney and Deputy Assistant Chief Curt Varone. Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence Fire Department (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column. I'll be speaking with Curt about the potential legal ramifications of addiction in Fire and EMS. The possible penalties if you have an accident on a rig under the influence as well as the possible penalties if you are diverting medications for your habit. We will be discussing if you are why it's essential to self-report before you get caught. What if you have been prescribed the drug and it's mood altering, and you have an accident? Your ADA and FMLA protections for entering a treatment program. I hope you are looking forward to this episode as much as I am. If you have somthing you want me to ask Curt then please leave in description or call into the show. LINK: www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringtalkradio/2018/12/13/episode-1950-firefighter-wellness-radio