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NEWS 


RELEASE


Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
 
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us


Oregon OSHA supports National Firefighter Safety Stand Down, June 21


The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) urges support for the National Firefighter Safety Stand Down on Tuesday, June 21.


The day-long event, organized by International Association of Fire Chiefs, is designed to encourage fire departments to suspend non-emergency activities for the day to focus on firefighter safety. The goal is to reduce the number of line-of-duty injuries and deaths occurring to fire personnel.


Throughout the year, Oregon fire districts and fire departments are encouraged to utilize Oregon OSHA’s safety and health services, including free on-site safety and health consultations, training classes (including on-line courses), and answers to technical questions through the Oregon OSHA web site or calling Oregon OSHA toll-free at (800) 922-2689.


Oregon OSHA has been partnering with fire service organizations in Oregon to improve safety and health conditions for fire fighters in the aftermath of a November 2002 fire that claimed the lives of three fire fighters in Coos Bay.


Additional information about the event, including suggestions for safety activities on June 21, is available on the International Association of Fire Chiefs web site, www.iafc.org/standdown


More information and resources about workplace safety and health are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org


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