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USFA Report Examines Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recently released a report, Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries Reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (2010-2012), looking at how firefighters got hurt over this period.

Stamford (CT) Firefighters Go Bald for Kids with Cancer

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

More than a dozen Stamford (CT) Professional Fire Fighters will go bald in order to increase awareness and raise funds for children stricken with cancer at the annual St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving ceremony.

Stress, Cortisol Can Complicate Firefighting

Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Dan DeGryse on how the stress hormone cortisol can affect firefighter health.

NIOSH Study Released on Firefighter Cancer

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a report on a study of cancer in firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia between 1950 and 2009.

Florida Falls Behind 34 States in Firefighter Cancer Law

Sun, Feb 15, 2015

In 34 U.S. states, there is a law presuming that if a firefighter gets cancer, it was likely caused by the job. Each state's law varies in what exactly that means and what cancers it covers, but in general that can provide protections such as use of workers' compensation for cancer claims, preventative health care requirements and safety from termination while out on disability leave.

NIOSH Report Released on Missouri Firefighter's Death

Wed, Feb 4, 2015

NIOSH Report on California Firefighter's Death During Physical Fitness Training

Wed, Feb 4, 2015

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently reviewed the 2012 of a California firefighter during physical fitness training.

Report Examines Presumptive Cancer Laws for Firefighters

Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Ohio and Kentucky are among the states that do not recognize the increased risk of cancer for firefighters, and a recent news report took a look at the issue.

National Volunteer Fire Council Corrects Survey Link

Sat, Jan 31, 2015

The Occupational Medicine program at Harvard School of Public Health requests your participation in a study about Dietary Habits on United States volunteer/call Firefighters. The online survey is for volunteer/call firefighters in the U.S.


Edison (NJ) DPW Explosion Destroys Facility, Equipment and Highlights a Long-Standing Challenge

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Mary Jane Dittmar has news on a recent four-alarm fire that destroyed the Edison (NJ) Department of Public Works facility.

Humpday Hangout: EAPs and Firefighter Mental Health

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

In this week's Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Frank Ricci, P.J. Norwood, and Jim Rascati about employee assistance programs (EAP) and mental health issues for firefighters.

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.

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