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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USFA and NVFC Initiate Study of Emergent Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has initiated a project with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) ...

Ground Zero Cancer Cases Surge

More than 2,500 rescuers who worked at Ground Zero in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks hav...

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...


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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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.

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Texas Firefighter Hurt in Fall at Church Fire

A firefighter suffered minor injuries when he fell during firefighting operations at a church fire Tuesday morning in St. Paul, Texas.

Siemens Announces New Fire Alarm Systems with Intelligent Voice Communication

Siemens Intelligent Voice Communication systems, available on both the Desigo® Fire Safety and Cerberus® PRO portfolios, deliver to small and mid-sized buildings technology once reserved only for high-end facilities.

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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.


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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USFA and NVFC Initiate Study of Emergent Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service

July 28, 2014 The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has initiated a project with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) ...

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