The Forest Service Fire Operations
Safety Council is pleased to introduce “Safety
Zone", a newsletter written for Forest Service
firefighters and fire program managers. “Safety
Zone” will serve as a forum to present and discuss
safety concepts and ideas that are intended to be useful to you, the
man and woman getting the job done on the ground.
Our goal in publishing “Safety Zone”
is to help the Forest Service fire community improve the ability of
individuals and the organization to work safely and effectively. We
will seek out and share information and learning from other high-risk
organizations where safety and individual responsibility go hand in
hand, and where the cost of failure is often high.
“Safety Zone” will not be used to regurgitate
readily available information, policy, or practices. Rather, the goal
is to highlight the ways other successful organizations approach human
performance, leadership, personal responsibility, and decision-making
in high-stress, high-risk, and high-consequence work... all with the
focus of improving firefighter safety and effectiveness.
The COUNCIL believes that developing a safe work
ethic is a never-ending process that must be part of every high-performing
firefighter's development, and that there is much to be learned by
exploring the successes and failures of others.
of the mission, the challenge or the environment, Forest Service
employees engaged in fire management and all-risk incident responsibilities
are safe, effective, and error resilient.
promote a comprehensive, proactive and recognizable program
that significantly advances the safety and effectiveness of
all Forest Service Employees.
employee performance through information transfer and education
with an emphasis on Strong Leadership, a Comprehensive Operational
Approach, and Focused Action.
Our objective is that “Safety
Zone” takes you to places and sites with innovative
ideas, different ways of thinking, and new methods that can reshape
your thinking and help you become a more safe and effective high performing
firefighter while performing your job.
As the first issues of “Safety Zone”
are published, we want to hear your input, suggestions, and criticisms.
Please contact Mike
Apicello, or any of the Council members identified on the
Council Members page.