Firefighter Health & Safety



Functional vs. Specific

Performing an exercise just because someone said it is functional may not offer the added benefits of a specific exercise, writes John Hofman.


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Obama Signs Emergency Disaster Declaration for WA Wildfires

The president's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide assistance for emerge...

CSB Releases Preliminary Findings into Freedom Industries Investigation

In an update on the investigation into the chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 3...

San Francisco Firefighters Seek Funding for Mental Health Services

When the toils of the job become too intense, San Francisco police can take advantage of in-house mental health servi...

Obesity an Issue for United States Firefighters

Firefighters face many health risks every day on the job -- including one that may come as a surprise. Despite the ph...

City to Pay $495k to Seattle Firefighter with Damaged Hearing

The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $495,000 to a veteran firefighter whose hearing was permanently damaged when a ...


Ohio Firefighters May Face Discipline for Lack of Exercise

Firefighters in one Ohio town may face discipline if they aren't getting enough exercise, according to a news report.

Letter to the Editor: Norfolk Firefighter Fitness Evaluations

Norfolk (VA) Fire Chief Jeff Wise provides some clarification on a recent story regarding firefighter fitness testing in his department.

Top 5 Cardio Equipment for Firefighters

John Hofman, strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento (CA) Fire Department, looks at what he considers to be the five best piece of exercise equipment for firefighters.

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The information presented here will help you in your quest for optimal health for you and your department members. Sponsored by the NVFC.


Idaho Firefighters Escape Wildfire; Apparatus Destroyed

Firefighters in Idaho had a near miss when a wildfire overran a Richfield Fire Department apparatus.

Firefighters Hurt in Pennsylvania Tower Ladder Failure

Three Pennsylvania firefighters were hospitalized after suffered reported nonlife-threatening injuries after a tower ladder failed last night.

Detroit Firefighter Injured in Fire at Structure Owned by Hospital

A Detroit firefighter was injured fighting a fire in a building owned by Henry Ford Hospital.

California Firefighter Narrowly Avoids 10-Foot Fall

A San Bernardino firefighter narrowly avoided falling 10 feet into a basement while fighting a fire late Friday.

Fireground Safety

GSSI Asks Cooks Not to 'Drink and Fry'

Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. (GSSI), a provider of residential range top fire suppression systems, asks cooks to not "drink and fry" this 4th of July. More fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year according to FEMA.

Exova Warringtonfire Expands into Doha, Qatar

Exova Warringtonfire, a fire engineering, testing and certification provider, has announced its latest expansion in Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The move further establishes the company as one of the region's providers of fire safety expertise. 

Mulligan Security Accredited by FDNY to Offer Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Training Class

Mulligan Security (, a New York City-based provider of security services in New York and New Jersey, is pleased to announce it has been accredited by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to provide the training curriculum for the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Director Program and is now also accredited as a certified Emergency Action Plan School. 

Mastering Fireground Command: 10 Commandments of Command

This course is an accompanyment to Mastering Fireground Command: Calming the Chaos, building upon the incident scene failures discussed in that piece.


What Is Your Training Personality?

Your training is greatly affected by your goals, but your history with exercise, your experience with sports, and your personality have a lot of influence as well.

Long-Term Success

I’ve been thinking about this lately because I have a number of clients who are taking sabbaticals from training, and I just don’t understand why.

Who’s Fault Is It?

Here we go again! It is the silly season of new studies, compounded by the media sensationalizing and erroneously extrapolating from those studies.

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Obama Signs Emergency Disaster Declaration for WA Wildfires

July 23, 2014 The president's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide assistance for emerge...

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