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Multi-State Measles Outbreak Alert

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning health care providers to be on the alert for new cases of measles.  An outbreak starting at the Disney Land Resort Theme Parks in California during late December 2014 has now spread to six additional states and Mexico.  EMS providers should consider measles in evaluation of any patient with fever and a rash including inquiring about travel and exposure history.  Providers should also assure that MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines for themselves and their families are current.   Measles is a highly contagious virus spread by coughing or sneezing.  The virus remains viable on surfaces for 2 hours.  Infected people become contagious 4 days before onset of a rash and remain contagious for 4 days after.  There were 52 cases linked to this outbreak as of January 23, 2015 and more are likely.  Most cases have occurred in unvaccinated persons; at least 8 have required hospitalization.  The CDC notice with additional information is located at:

Sudbury Fire Uses Narcan to Save Two People

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Fire Chief William Miles reports that the Sudbury Fire Department used Nasal Narcan last week to save the lives of two residents after receiving a report of two unresponsive adults.

Survey Finds MRSA Prevalent in Washington Fire Stations

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

A survey sent out to 33 fire stations around Washington state found more than a half tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a news report.

NFFF Hosts Occupational Cancer in the Fire Service Strategy Meeting

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Last week, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted the Occupational Cancer in the Fire Service Strategy Meeting. Ron Siarnicki on the meeting, what was accomplished, and where the initiative goes next.

Firefighter Cancer Support Network Chief on Leadership in Fighting Firefighter Cancer

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

The National Fallen Firefighters Occupational Cancer in the Fire Service Strategy Meeting took place recently in Washington, D.C.

CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Anhydrous Ammonia Incident Near Mobile (AL)

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a safety bulletin intended to inform industries that utilize anhydrous ammonia in bulk refrigeration operations on how to avoid a hazard referred to as hydraulic shock. The safety lessons were derived from an investigation into a 2010 anhydrous ammonia release that occurred at Millard Refrigerated Services Inc., located in Theodore, View of Cracked Pipe from Millard Investigation Alabama.

Stress: The Silent Killer

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Even during a “normal” duty tour during which no emergency response actions are being undertaken, personnel serving in stations situated in hot climate regions can be exposed to the phenomena, writes George Potter.

Michigan Governor Signs Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law

Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation designed to benefit firefighters who develop cancer when putting their lives -- and lungs -- on the line.

Firefighter Deemed Most Stressful Job of 2015

Thu, Jan 8, 2015

Firefighter, enlisted military personnel, airline pilot, and police officer top CareerCast's 2015 list of the nation's most stressful jobs due to their physical danger, unpredictability and negative psychological effects.

Report on PAPR Use in Healthcare

Wed, Jan 7, 2015

The Institute of Medicine Report, Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care Report, was published yesterday.

Firefighter Injured in Woodmere (NY) Fire Remains in Critical Condition

Sun, Dec 21, 2014

A Long Island firefighter was critically injured while battling a fire at a home in Nassau County on Friday morning.

Rosecrance Florian Program Helps Fire Service with Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Sat, Dec 20, 2014

Those of us in the fire service encounter traumatic events in the line of duty every day. Days become years, and those years become a career that spans decades.

Sixth Hartford (CT) Firefighter Placed On Leave Since Last November

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Deputy Chief James McGloughlin has become the sixth Hartford firefighter placed on paid administrative leave since November.

Anderson County (KY) Firefighters Hurt in Crash Released from Hospital

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Several Anderson County firefighters who were hurt when their fire truck crashed have been released from the hospital

NIOSH Report Released on 2013 Death of Dallas (TX) Firefighter

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a report on the 2013 line-of-duty death of Dallas (TX) Firefighter Stan Wilson in an apartment building fire.

Are You an Asset or a Liability?

Wed, Dec 10, 2014

Downplaying the importance of your health or merely assuming that you are fit to do the work amounts to a display of selfishness and recklessness that should not be tolerated, writes Dan Kerrigan.

NFFF Issues New Report to Address Suicide Among Firefighters

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Did you know a fire department is three times more likely in any given year to experience a suicide among its membership than a line-of-duty death? Fortunately, suicide is preventable and help is available.

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Releases Video on Firefighter Stress and Resiliency

Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire-Rescue recently released a video the department made on controlling job-related stress and suicide in firefighters.

Fire Truck Runs Over Leg of Boca Raton Firefighter

Fri, Nov 28, 2014

A Boca Raton firefighter was hospitalized early Thursday after a fire engine ran over his right leg as a fire crew answered an alarm.

Mother of Fallen Boston Firefighter on Mission to Reduce Cancer

Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Grieving mother of deceased firefighter Michael Kennedy, who perished in a Back Bay inferno earlier this year, urged city councilors Monday to support a simple method she said would curb cancer in the Boston Fire Department.

Massachusetts Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack During Rescue

Sat, Nov 22, 2014

A Springfield (MA) firefighter suffered a heart attack this morning after rescuing a man from an apartment fire at an elderly housing complex on Roosevelt Ave. Springfield fire officials tell NECN that a man inside the apartment sparked the blaze when he lit a cigarette while using an oxygen tank

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