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.

Having a Safe Stampede

Giddy up! The Calgary Stampede is right around the corner.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth returns July 5-14, bringing with it all kinds of fun and exciting activities.

But the Stampede also brings more than a 10-gallon hat full of potential hazards to the city, so it’s time to saddle up and ponder workplace safety.

Keep in mind, our mission is to protect first responders – these safety tips focus on things you can do to help keep them safe on the job. That said, when you create a safer world for emergency responders, you create a safer environment for everyone.


– Are Stampede decorations, signs, props and equipment properly assembled and securely installed?

– During an emergency, can first responders safely access your site – and can those in attendance exit quickly and safely?

– Are hallways, stairways and other work areas accessible and clutter free?

– Are decorative straw bales fire safe?

– Does your workplace/event site pose additional hazards during non-business hours?

– Are materials safely stored and marked? Are storage areas accessible?

– Are alarms functioning properly?

– If you are making significant renovations, did you get the necessary permits from the city?

– Can emergency vehicles access your work site/event?

– Have you made arrangements for safe transport for party goers who may be drinking alcohol at your event?

– Have you seen these or other hazards at the events you’ve attended?

If you’ve noticed hazards that concern you, please contact Alberta Occupational Health & Safety to discuss how these hazards can be eliminated. Help us to create a culture where safety for first responders is an integral part of every workplace, no matter what time of year it is. Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.

These are just a few safety questions to consider this Stampede. Please feel free to share more tips and safety discussions in our comments section. Safe Stampeding y’all!

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