A healthy fire service is a productive fire service. When you don't make yourself a priority, you're doing yourself and the community an injustice. The health and safety of our state’s firefighters is a critical component of the Association’s mission. We're here to help educate you on best health and safety practices.
Health and Safety Bingo
Your favorite family-friend game night activity just got an upgrade. Play along with the Health and Safety Committee’s bingo to be entered to win a prize giveaway!
The themed bingo card includes activities that address cancer prevention and proper decon, heart health, diet and exercise, fireground safety, and personal safety. The interactive activity allows for independent and group learning that promotes the importance of having a vested interest in your long-term health.
“Our health and safety as firefighters is a crucial part in serving our communities and our families,” said Horry County Capt. Brad Kavetski, chair of the Health and Safety Committee. “Often seen as an afterthought, taking proactive steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle both on and off duty as well as executing safe practices on the emergency scene ensure a long injury-free career and a prosperous retirement.”
Playing is easy. Print the bingo card, complete the activities and mark with an “X” when it is complete, fill out the contact information on the card, and send a copy of the completed card to [email protected]. Completed bingo cards can be emailed as a PDF or picture.
Please note that these instructions deviate from the traditional rules of bingo; the entire card must be filled out for Health and Safety bingo, not just one row or column.
Complete, submitted bingo cards will be entered to win a prize giveaway. Entries are limited to one per person.
The Health and Safety Committee has a list of readily available resources to help you complete your bingo card.
- Health & Safety - South Carolina State Firefighters Association (scfirefighters.org)
- bestpracticespreventingcancerposter11x17.pdf (iafc.org)
- Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention - Completed | NIOSH | CDC
- Power of 5: Prioritizing Firefighter Workout Time - Lexipol
- Emergency Incident Rehabilitation Program - IAFF
- Quit Smoking | Smoking & Tobacco Use | CDC
- How to Perform a Testicular Self-Exam: Advice from Urologist Nirmish Singla | Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Self-Breast Exam: Purpose, Steps & How To (clevelandclinic.org)
- FRF-HEALTHY-FIREHOUSE-RECIPES.pdf (firerescuefitness.com)
- Firefighter Resources | NIOSH | CDC
- Cardiovascular Disease and Occupational Factors | NIOSH | CDC
- About Us - SC FAST
Bingo cards should be submitted no later than January 1, 2024, and the giveaway winner will be announced during Fire Service Improvement Conference, January 18-21, 2024.
Play a second round of Health and Safety Bingo in the new year from February 1-June 1 with the winner being announced at Fire-Rescue.
Fighting fires demands a certain level of physical aptitude. Not only does being physically fit help you on scene, but it also keeps you healthy and extends your life expectancy. Physical fitness is important and is critical for your health, but most effective when incorporated into a wholistic health plan that also includes nutrition and mental health.
- Physical fitness
- Heart health
Wellness is a hot topic, particularly in the fire service. It encompasses a wide variety of topics, each just as important as the last. Wellness includes nutrition, behavioral and mental health, cancer prevention and so much more. It’s an overall state of being that is actively pursued.
- Behavioral health
- Mental health
- Alcohol and drug
Workplace safety is the umbrella that covers all dangers that firefighters face. From ladder to fireground safety, the Association aims to emphasize the importance of maintaining best-practice safety protocols.
- Workplace safety
- Ladder safety
- Distracted driver and road safety
- Safety Stand Down Day (hydration)
- Fireground safety