Meaningful Fire Service Health and Safety Is Within Our Grasp

By Thomas Warren There are countless studies, regulations, standards, and policies regarding health and safety in the fire service. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) itself has more than 20 standards relating directly to firefighter health and safety, with many more standards indirectly relating to the health and safety of firefighters. The fire service has been witness to an explosive evolution in technological improvements in recent years. Significant progress has been made in improving health and safety and reducing the number of line-of-duty deaths, feats which all firefighters clearly should be proud of. However we can never rest: the stakes are too high for complacency...

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