Oregon State Fire Marshal introduces new health and safety initiative for firefighters

May 7, 2024

OSFM announces Oregon Fire Service Health and Safety Collaborative

The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has announced the launch of the Oregon Fire Service Health and Safety Collaborative.

This new initiative aims to bolster support for firefighters across Oregon by aligning resources and providing dedicated assistance to address the numerous challenges of the profession.

Mariana Ruiz-Temple, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, highlighted the collaborative’s commitment: “The Oregon Fire Service Health and Safety Collaborative is a proactive approach to confronting the unique challenges faced by our firefighters.

This collaborative is not just about addressing immediate needs but about building a foundation for long-term resilience and excellence in our fire service.”

Enhanced support for firefighter well-being

Firefighting is known for its intense demands, including physical, psychological, and environmental challenges.

The collaborative seeks to enhance the well-being of fire service personnel by focusing on critical areas such as behavioral health, physical wellness, cancer prevention, and incident safety.

The initiative is structured around a visionary framework that includes establishing a forum for equal contribution from all partners, coordinating efforts across various agencies, and representing a diverse range of perspectives within the Oregon fire service.

Awards and future plans

The work leading to the creation of the collaborative and its achievements were recently recognized with a 2024 Award of Excellence by the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association.

The award was presented to a sub-committee of the Governor’s Fire Service Policy Council, which played a crucial role in guiding the collaborative’s formation.

Looking ahead, the OSFM is dedicated to the continuous evaluation and enhancement of the collaborative’s support systems.

This commitment ensures that the initiative will adapt to meet the evolving needs of Oregon’s firefighting community.

Fire service personnel seeking resources for behavioral health services, cancer prevention strategies, or incident safety protocols will find valuable support through the collaborative.

For more information about the Oregon Fire Service Health and Safety Collaborative, please visit their website.

FSJA Comment

The Oregon Fire Service Health and Safety Collaborative represents a significant step forward in supporting the health and safety of firefighters in Oregon.

By focusing on critical areas such as mental health, physical health, and safety protocols, the collaborative seeks to provide a comprehensive support system that addresses the diverse needs of fire service personnel.

This strategic approach demonstrates the OSFM’s commitment to enhancing the well-being of those who protect our communities.

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