The Stow Fire Department will participate in the 2007 International Fire and EMS Safety Stand Down set for June 17 through 23. The Stand Down is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the IAFC."We are looking forward to participating in the Stand Down," said Stow Fire Chief William Kalbaugh.The Stand Down, themed, "Ready to Respond," will focus on preparing firefighters and EMS personnel for their daily duties by reviewing their training and the proper use of equipment to ensure safe responses, mitigation and return from all emergency situations. Failure to remain cautious can cause routine activities to become hazardous, as has been shown in the many fire service and emergency medical service line-of-duty deaths and injuries.In 2006, 105 firefighters died in the line of duty. Already this year, 44 have been lost. The purpose is to reduce these deaths and injuries by calling attention to safety practices and improving them. Stand downs have been used by the military for years to correct issues that have been identified as a problem throughout the ranks.The department will conduct driver's training with the department's new engines and tower apparatus. The department asks citizens to honor the Stand Down by remembering to go right for lights and sirens. For more information, call 330-689-3290.