Henry County Fire Department Hosts the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge Training
On February 26th at Heritage Park on Lake Dow Road in McDonough, the Henry County Fire Department hosted day two of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge (L.A.C.K) training. The class was only four hours in length but provided immeasurable benefits to the men and women of the fire service. Over the two day period, a total of one hundred and three fire service personnel, from across the state, attended the training including fifty-eight Henry County firefighters.
The training examines the root causes of Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) and the role of L.A.C.K. as it influences the end result. Unfortunately, many fire departments across the United States “LACK the Right Stuff” to prevent their department from being on the path to a line of duty death, with Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge being the elements that need to be addressed and managed in those environments. Through education and training, departments can improve their survivability by understanding the root cause of firefighter fatalities and tackling the four elements with special emphasis on understanding fire service culture.
With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths. Their goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years. The Henry County Fire Department was honored to have the representatives from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation here in Henry County and to host the delivery of such immense training to Henry County Firefighters as well as to other area fire departments.