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.

‘Tis the Season … to Talk Safety

‘Tis the season to think safety. Fa la la la la.

OK, now that we’ve got that Christmas carol in your head, let’s get to the safety part!

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) is reminding business owners to keep their workplaces safe over the holiday season. At this time of year, many businesses add decorations and undergo work site changes in an effort to get into the spirit of the season.

“We love this festive spirit, but we want to remind businesses to make sure their workplaces are safe for employees, visitors and first responders who may need to attend,” says JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson.

“Many businesses are closed for several days or even weeks over the holiday season, so it’s important to look at workplaces from the perspective of emergency responders who may have to respond to unfamiliar surroundings in poor lighting and under stressful circumstances.”

Make sure safety railings are in place, safety signage is clearly visible, hallways and emergency exits are not obstructed, security alarm systems are working and consider leaving some sort of inside lighting on overnight.

“The holidays also often mean the addition of decorations, Christmas trees, candles and lights, so make sure anything you’re adding to your workplace doesn’t make your work environment more dangerous,” says Wilson.



Just hear those emergency vehicle sirens jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too. Come on, now that you hear them, do you know what to do?

Because emergency responders also call roads their workplace, the JPMF is urging motorists to stay alert and pull over for emergency vehicles during the holiday season (and during the rest of the year, as well).

Facing adverse weather conditions, increased traffic and the potential for more impaired drivers on Alberta roads, this can be an especially challenging time of year for emergency services personnel, so we hope that you’ll watch out for them at this time of year.

If you don’t know what to do when you encounter emergency vehicles on the road, check out our traffic safety tips for more information.


From all of us at the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and all the best in 2019!

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