The Howling Wolf

Just as our wolf logo symbolizes the leadership, loyalty, strength of character and sense of family that is displayed by emergency responders, The Howling Wolf serves as the voice of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. A wolf’s howl attracts other members of the pack, invites communication and creates a strong bond between pack members. We hope this blog will have the same impact on emergency responders, workplace safety professionals and traffic safety advocates, bringing us all together in the same pack and providing valuable information about workplace safety issues affecting first responders.

Check in frequently for updates on JPMF events and initiatives, interesting research and to add your own howl to our pack.

Providing a different perspective on workplace safety

An effective presentation is a key way to deliver workplace safety messages that can both increase awareness about specific issues and lead to behaviour change.

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) has now developed a professional safety presentation program, through which a speaker can go out into communities to deliver powerful presentations to companies, organizations and conferences that reinforce this safety message: when you make your workplace safe for emergency responders who may have to attend a premise, you make it safer for everyone

When possible, the safety presentations will also include an emergency responder from the local community to be on hand for the Q&A portion of the event. We have found this to be very effective in terms of engaging participation from the audience, as it gives people the opportunity to ask questions that relate to that particular emergency service – and it lends another layer of perspective for the audience.

The JPMF’s safety messages provide a different perspective on workplace safety – that of an emergency responder who may have to attend a premise during an emergency, such as a crime in progress, a fire, or a medical situation.

Origin of JPMF safety presentations

Over the years, members of the JPMF have given dozens of presentations to individual companies and organizations, students and conferences. The basic format of these presentations is to use the story of Const. John Petropoulos’ death as a powerful example of why workplace safety measures need to be in place for everyone who may attend a premise – and how to help make that happen.

Our five 30-second TV ads and the Put Yourself in Our Boots safety video are shown during presentations to provide further tangible examples of how, with the public’s help, the risks facing emergency responders – from the physical environments they work in – can be significantly minimized. If someone makes a change to a workplace that makes it safer for first responders who may or may not attend, they have also made it safer for everyone, including their own workers, service workers, visitors, clients, etc.

Having this formal safety presentation program in place enables the JPMF to give significantly more presentations in a more consistent and strategic manner. By providing the service of having a JPMF speaker attend an organization (during a safety meeting, lunch & learn session, etc), we are able to reach far more people with our safety messages.

Goals of Program

  • To further increase public awareness about the importance of considering first responders when implementing OH&S practices
  • To further the overall goal of workplace safety initiatives and create a culture of safer workplaces for all
  • To determine the number of workplaces that actually make tangible changes to their premise after hearing our presentations

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about our free safety presentations or book a speaker for your group, please contact:

Sarah Hourihan

Safety Presentation Coordinator/Evaluator
John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

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