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.


Put Yourself in Our Boots Safety Video

Put Yourself in Our Boots Safety Video

The Put Yourself in Our Boots campaign is intended to make people think about workplace safety from the point of view of emergency responders and equip them with the tools to make changes in their workplaces. The campaign includes a 10-minute safety video that highlights the story of Const. John Petropoulos, who passed away in the line of duty when he fell through a false ceiling while investigating a break and enter complaint at a warehouse. The safety video includes interviews with police officers who were there the night John died, as well as his widow Maryanne Pope. It also examines workplace safety for all emergency responders. Interviews with police, fire, and EMS personnel and feedback from workplace health and safety professionals provide viewers with tangible tips they can use to keep their workplaces safe for those needing to respond to their premises. As well, the safety video stresses the importance of traffic safety, because the workplace of emergency responders is every place, including roads.

When you make your workplace safe for emergency responders, you make it safe for everyone, including your own employees. Put Yourself in Our Boots is a call to action to think about workplace safety from a different perspective: that of someone entering an unfamiliar workplace after hours, in poor lighting, and during a highly stressful situation – such as a fire, medical emergency, or a crime in progress. Learn more at www.OurBoots.ca.

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