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Seattle Firefighters Impacted by Heat Wave

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Canadian Firefighters Not Allowed to Pick Up Shifts for Colleague Battling Cancer

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada) firefighters have been banned from covering shifts for a cancer-stricken colleague, according to a news report.

FDNY Recruit Gets Third Shot at Training Academy

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

A Fire Department of New York recruit who was unable to complete two fire academies received an $81K-per-year desk job while waiting for another chance to become a New York City firefighter, accoridng to a report.

WHO in Hot Water Again

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

The World Health Organization continues on a downward spiral following their botched handling of the H1N1 outbreak. 

Firefighter Shot at Avondale (OH) Fire

Sun, Jul 19, 2015

A bullet hit a firefighter in the helmet after gunfire broke out as crews responded to a fire in a vacant Avondale building early Sunday morning.

FDA Makes Available New Food Related Emergency Exercise

Sat, Jul 18, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making available a new food related emergency exercise to help public health and other officials understand and coordinate their roles and responsibilities, and prepare for a food-related emergency.

Report Focuses on Firefighter Gear, Cancer

Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Two years after the death of Miami Dade (CA) Fire Captain Rafeal Herraro, the local CBS station is revisiting the high occurence of cancer in area firefighters.

Peer Support Crucial to the Fire Service

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Peer support is a major component of the Rosecrance Florian Program, which launched in 2014 in Rockford, Illinois. Florian is an inpatient program that specializes in treating firefighters and paramedics for substance abuse, as well as job-related mental health issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Fresno Fire Captain Makes First Public Appearance Since Falling Through Roof

Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Fresno Fire Department Capt. Pete Dern, hospitalized since falling through a roof while fighting a house fire more than three months ago, thanked hospital staff, his family, fellow firefighters and the public for their support as he made his first public appearance

Mary Jane's Wellness Note: July 10, 2015

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Mary Jane Dittmar's new Wellness Note offers news for anyone who relies on over-the-counter or prescription non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to lower fever or get through a headache, a muscle ache, and other “common, ordinary, temporary” pains.

TrackTrain Teams With South Adams County Fire District to Lower Firefighter Cancer Rates

Wed, Jul 8, 2015

TrackTrain, has teamed with the South Adams County Fire District in the fight against cancer in the fire service. The Exposure Tracker by TrackTrain is the first system to easily document and track all the toxic exposures firefighters get on the job where they have up to 2.3x the rate of cancer compared to the average worker.

Report: Dallas (TX) Firefighters Attacked with Fireworks

Tue, Jul 7, 2015

Dallas (TX) firefighters were reportedly attacked with fireworks when they responded early Sunday morning to a dumpster fire.

Compton (CA) Fire Department Removes Defibrillators from Apparatus, Ambulances

Tue, Jul 7, 2015

The Compton (CA) Fire Department has removed defibrillator machines from most of its fire apparatus and ambulances.

Wildfires in the West Could Have Widespread Impact

Wed, Jul 1, 2015

As expected, the 2015 wildfire season has meant more bad news for drought-stricken Western states. As of June 30, 45 wildfires large active wildfires burned from Alaska down to Arizona and as far west as Colorado. Wildfires in Southern California had driven thousands from their homes, while fires in Alaska have burned more than one million acres this year.

Two Free Critical Incident Stress Management Programs Available

Wed, Jul 1, 2015

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest free training programs are now available. Building a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and Questions About CISM and CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) are 45-minute and 25-minute long video presentations, respectively.

Pierce to Hold Third Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field

Wed, Jul 1, 2015

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is hosting its third annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at historic Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Two Firefighters Killed from the Same Department. Don't Mind Your Own Business.

Wed, Jul 1, 2015

Within just a few days, a fire department in West Virginia lost two members in off duty crashes. Read a commentary from Billy Goldfeder.

EMS Leaders Share How They Use Data to Improve EMS Systems

Sat, Jun 27, 2015

"If we have measures that are truly patient-centered... I believe we'll make much better decisions and make much more significant improvement," said Mike Taigman, General Manager of AMR in Ventura County, Calif., and a leading expert in EMS quality improvement, during a webinar sponsored by EMS Compass, the national initiative to develop a system of performance measurement for EMS.

Columbus (OH) Firefighter Recovers from Lightning Strike

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

A year after being struck by lightning, Stu Tudor, a 23-year veteran of the Columbus (OH) Division of Fire, remains in a nursing home and can barely move his arms.

Two Firefighters Stabbed Responding to Medical Call in San Diego

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Two firefighters were stabbed while responding to an EMS call in San Diego, California, according to a news report.

Medford (NJ) Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack at Fire

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

A Medford Township firefighter is recovering Wednesday afternoon, after he was hospitalized while fighting a house fire in Tabernacle.

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