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

Mon, Jul 28, 2014

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has initiated a project with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to study firefighter occupational health and safety challenges that are occurring in the volunteer fire service and develop initiatives, programs, and strategies to reduce on-duty injuries and fatalities among volunteer firefighters and EMS responders.

Ground Zero Cancer Cases Surge

Mon, Jul 28, 2014

More than 2,500 rescuers who worked at Ground Zero in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks have cancer, according to a new report.

Obama Signs Emergency Disaster Declaration for WA Wildfires

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

The president's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide assistance for emergency measures to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

CSB Releases Preliminary Findings into Freedom Industries Investigation

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

In an update on the investigation into the chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia Counties, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported today it has thus far found no record of a formal, industry approved inspection performed on any of the chemical storage tanks at Freedom Industries prior to the massive leak which occurred on January 9, 2014.  Informal inspections may have occurred, preliminary findings indicate, but investigators have found a lack of appropriate engineering inspections with prescribed frequency and rigor of inspections.

San Francisco Firefighters Seek Funding for Mental Health Services

Sun, Jul 13, 2014

When the toils of the job become too intense, San Francisco police can take advantage of in-house mental health services to help cope with stress before it escalates into something much worse. Firefighters in San Francisco want the same treatment but are being rebuffed

Obesity an Issue for United States Firefighters

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Firefighters face many health risks every day on the job -- including one that may come as a surprise. Despite the physical demands of the profession, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 70 percent of U.S. firefighters are overweight or obese.

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

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $495,000 to a veteran firefighter whose hearing was permanently damaged when a siren was activated inside a fire station while he was four feet from the engine.

CDC Releases Blast Injury App

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

This application equips you with the critical decision-making information you need to provide medical care or manage mass casualties, all from your mobile device.

Michigan Community Shows Support for Firefighter with Cancer

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

Members of the community have come together to support Georgetown Charter Township (MI) firefighter Kevin Sikkema, 33, who has been stricken with brain cancer.

Son of Fallen New Jersey Firefighter Dies of Cancer

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

John Barnas--son of the late firefighter Gregory Barnas, who died in a fall at a fire scene in March--died Saturday due to complications from cancer.

Focus on Safety, Health, and Training All Year

Sat, Jun 21, 2014

International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week may be coming to an end, but your initiatives to improve the safety, health, and training of personnel should continue every day.

Train Like You Fight Is a Theme

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Training like you fight shouldn't be merely a slogan for one week, but rather should be the focus of fire departments all year long, writes Ray McCormack.

Safety and Health Week: Firefighter Behavioral Health

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Because of the nature of our work, we are at high risk, physically and mentally. Mark Lamplugh on firefighter behavioral health.

Safety and Health Week: Firefighters and Cancer

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

What is the toughest battle you have faced in the fire service? Mike Dubron says it might not be one you've given much thought to, and that needs to change.

Recognizing and Combating Firefighter Stress

Wed, Jun 18, 2014

In this course, students will learn why firefighter stress and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been a taboo topic in the fire service and learn the warning signs of stress.

Safety and Health Week Chat

Wed, Jun 18, 2014

It's International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks to Frank Ricci, Mike Gagliano, Steve Kerber of UL, and Allen Rom of Fire-Dex.

Senators Collins and Murray Introduce Bill to Increase Safety Resources for Short Line Rail

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Patty Murray (D-Washington), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation, respectively, today introduced a bill that would authorize a new Short Line Rail Safety Institute to enhance the safety practices and culture of short line railroads.

New Technologies Focus on First Responder "Capability Gaps" and Needs - Parts 1 and 2

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Evolving technologies from DHS, USFA, NIST, and NIOSH aim at improving firefighter health and safety and operational efficiencies.

Announcing International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

This week is International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, and all personnel and departments are encouraged to use this opportunity to focus on critical safety, health, and survival training and education. 

Improving Cardiovascular Health and Fitness

Fri, Jun 13, 2014

How do you determine if you are fit enough to perform your job and survive? The first step is to make your cardiovascular health your first priority.

Black Forest (CO) Fire Chief Takes Leave for PTSD

Thu, Jun 5, 2014

During a meeting Wednesday evening, Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harve announced he is on medical leave for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a report.

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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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