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Exposure Tracker and Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance Partner

Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Exposure Tracker, a health and safety program for firefighters, has finalized a partnership with the 501c non-profit, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance. Through this partnership they will be able to focus on firefighter mental health, improving an industry stricken with PTSD.

University Miami Doctor to Lead Study Examining Firefighters and Cancer

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Studies show that the cancer risk among firefighters is growing.

Guide Now Available for Firefighters at Increased Risk for Asbestos Exposure, Mesothelioma

Wed, Aug 26, 2015

Mesothelioma takes 20 to 50 years to develop, and occurs in the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart.

NVFC Awarded Grant to Address First Responder Health and Safety

Mon, Aug 24, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) a $786,580 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant to conduct a series of health and safety initiatives over the next year. The grant will help the NVFC build on existing health and safety programs as well as address emerging issues facing the fire and emergency services.

Firefighter Safety Bulletin: Hearing Protection

Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Firefighting is an inherently dangerous profession, but attempts to secure a modicum of safety for firefighters are always ongoing. This training bulletin from Alex Langbell deals with noise, hearing loss, and hearing protection.

Truckee Meadows Paraplegic Firefighter Regains Old Life

Tue, Aug 18, 2015

After living almost a year as a paraplegic, a Truckee Meadows firefighter gets his life back thanks to new technology. Bill Winchester is the first American to test out the TEK RMD. It's been used in Europe, but now thousands of paraplegics in the U.S. can live a life that isn't confined to a wheel chair.

Minneapolis Firefighters Face Extreme Heat at Two House Fires

Sun, Aug 16, 2015

Firefighters with the Minneapolis Fire Department took extra caution while battling a duplex fire on the 3200 block of Colfax Ave S. at about 3:15 p.m. Fire officials say four firefighters were injured at the scene, three from heat exhaustion and one suffered an electric shock. Some firefighters had to be given extra fluids through an IV.

Suicide Rates Rising Among Firefighters

Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Suicide rates are on the increase among firefighters. Mark Lamplugh examines some of the factors that may be involved and the efforts to curb the trend.

The Three A's of Firefighter Fitness Success

Fri, Aug 7, 2015

If your personal goals align with their fitness goals, great. However, what is really required is the best version of you, writes Dan Kerrigan.

Mental Health Crisis: Have You Preplanned?

Tue, Aug 4, 2015

As firefighters, we recognize that preplanning a building is a necessity. Now Jeff Dill proposes taking some similar steps in case of personal mental health emergency.

Denver Firefighter Works to Curb First Responder Suicide

Tue, Aug 4, 2015

As awareness grows about firefighter and first responder suicide numbers and the importance of behavioral health, a number of groups around the country are stepping forward to address the issue.

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.

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Exposure Tracker and Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance Partner

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