Andersen fire, EMS participate in 2007 safety stand down Published June 28, 2007 By Tech Sgt. Rudolph I. Mendiola 36th Wing Chief Fire Inspector ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Andersen Fire Emergency Services participated in the 2007 International Fire and EMS Safety Stand Down last week. The stand down is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the IAFC. "We are always striving to perfect our emergency response to better serve our community. Doing so in the safest way possible will ensure we achieve continuity and longevity in customer service," said Fire Chief John Thompson,. "Participating in this year's stand down provides for the best opportunity to do that." The stand down, themed "Ready to Respond," focused on preparing firefighters and EMS personnel for their daily duties by reviewing their training and the proper use of equipment to ensure safe response, mitigation and return from all emergency situations. Failure to remain cautious can cause routine activities to become hazardous, as has been shown in the many fire service and emergency medical service line-of-duty deaths and injuries. The purpose of the stand down is to reduce these deaths and injuries by calling attention to safety practices and improving them. Stand downs have been used by the military for years to correct issues that have been identified as a problem throughout the ranks. "This year, we focused on mishap trends and hazards during emergency responses that we have tracked through previous years," Chief Thompson said. "Our training concentrated on eliminating mishaps through operational risk management and exercising safe procedures throughout emergency responses." For more information, please contact Sergeant Mendiola at 366-5284 or 366-6110.