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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.

Photos: IFSI, UL, NIOSH Firefighter Health Experiments

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

IFSI Study Underway on Firefighter Health

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

This week, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), in conjunction with Underwiters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), undertook a study of the physiological effects of structural firefighting.

Just Washing Your Gear Is Not The Answer

Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Properly wearing face masks and frequent exercise should be performed in conjunction with regular turnout gear cleaning to reduce the risk of contracting cancer, writes Robert Fling.

Four Fundamentals of Firefighter Functional Fitness

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss write that improving personal fitness will play a large role in reducing firefighter deaths, specifically those caused by medical and cardiac issues.

FDNY, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Discuss Inaugural National Stair Climb

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Since 2005, firefighters have held “stair climbs” in which they climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of the 343 members of the FDNY who died in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. Now, the FDNY and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) are expanding the scope of the stair climb so as to honor all of America’s fallen firefighters.

CSB Releases Draft Investigation Report into 2009 Explosion and Fire at Caribbean Petroleum

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Sick Ground Zero Workers Win $53.8M Settlement

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Ground Zero workers who fell ill while working the cleanup and recovery of the World Trade Center site in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks have won a $53.8 million settlement, according to a report.

Firefighters Urge Congress to Pass Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Professional firefighters from New York City are in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act, which provides essential health care assistance and victim compensation to the thousands who have suffered illness as a result of their tireless efforts searching for survivors at Ground Zero after 9/11.

NCI-MATCH Trial Will Link Targeted Cancer Drugs to Gene Abnormalities

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (MATCH) Institute/Center nationwide trial will be open to patient enrollment in July.

London (Ontario) Firefighters Release PTSD Training Video

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

he London (Ontario) Professional Fire Fighters Association, partnering with the London Fire Department and Fanshawe College,  has released "Beyond The Call," a training video that underscores the risks of PTSD.

Columbia Southern University to Install First Alumni Chapter

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

June 27, 2015 will mark an historic day for Columbia Southern University (CSU) as the university will install its first regional alumni chapter.

Report: FDNY Fitness Trainers Reassigned

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

According to a news report, two veteran Fire Department of New York (FDNY) fitness trainers were reassigned from the fire academy due to recent controversies over physical fitness standards in the department.

Massachusetts Firefighters and Police Share Pool Safety Tips

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

Georgetown (MA) Police Chief Donald Cudmore and Fire Chief Albert Beardsley are urging residents to take precautions while by the water.

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