FREE Training in Erie County

Health and Safety B.E.S.T. Practices and Incident Safety Officer Training

 Free course provided by the National Volunteer Fire Council

October 19, 2013, 8am-5pm

Erie County Department of Emergency Services
Training & Operations Center
3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Incident Safety Officer Training

This course will give students an overview of the role of an Incident Safety Officer. There are four (4) 1-hour modules: Incident Safety Officer Overview, Communication, Safety and Incident Response Management, and Application.

This is not an Incident Safety Officer Certification program; however, students who take the class in-person are eligible to receive 10 continuing education credits from the Fire Department Safety Officers Association.

B.E.S.T. Practices in Health and Safety

As part of an ongoing focus on firefighter health and safety, the NVFC created the Volunteer Firefighter Health and Safety Priorities. Set forth in a series of B.E.S.T. Practices for the volunteer fire and emergency services, the priorities are divided into four main focus areas;  this four-hour course covers each of these topics. The presentation addresses:

  • ·         Behavior – Supporting the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of all personnel; operating all apparatus and personal vehicles to highest safety standards; fireground accountability.
  • ·         Equipment – Provide and requiring the proper use of full personal protective equipment; maintaining all equipment based on established safety recommendations.
  • ·         Standards and Codes – Encouraging the use of all smoke, fire detection, and fire suppression devices, including fire sprinkler systems, in all structures; meeting all national safety standards and fire safety codes.
  • ·         Training – Utilizing fire training programs that conform to the highest professional standards; operating a safe fire training ground at all times; establishing, maintaining, and delivering fire safety programs.


To register, complete the form at Questions? Contact Rachel Buczynski, NVFC Program Manager, or 240-297-3568.


Recommended local hotels: Millennium Hotel or Hampton Inn Buffalo Airport.

About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. Learn more at


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