- September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
THE SILENT KILLER: PREVENTING FIRE SERVICE SUICIDES
By Chief Sam DiGiovanna
Suicide rates are rising sharply in the United States—in fact, in half of states, the rate has risen more than 30 percent since 1999. And this is not some problem limited to those who are severely mentally ill—more than half of people who died by ...
- First 5 Minutes on the Fireground: Critical Actions for Incident Safety Officers
September 12, 2018 | Scott Eskwitt
The Incident Safety Officer’s (ISO) response, arrival and initial activity on the fireground may seem like a narrow topic—but as an advocate for firefighter safety, the ISO plays a critical role in those first five minutes.
Read Scotts full article that can be used to assist any department when discussing the ...
- NIOSH FF Fatality Report 2014-18, one of the contributing factors was Lack of a Safety Officer
NIOSH FF Fatality Report 2014-18
On August 5, 2014, Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook of New Carlisle (IN) FD died in the Line of Duty after being trapped under a roof collapse while fighting a fire at a commercial storage building.
Links are provided below for the full report – we wanted to highlight the contributing factors ...
- Close Calls: To Belt or Not to Belt, There Is No Question
Close Calls: To Belt or Not to Belt, There Is No Question
Billy Goldfeder explains how a San Antonio apparatus crash prompted seatbelt change that altered the outcome of a future close call.
August 1, 2018
The issue of seatbelts still plagues the general public. It seems a day doesn’t go by where I ...
- The Effects of Energy Drinks in the Fire Service.
The Effects of Energy Drinks in the Fire Service
By Dan Bodin, Doctorate of Medicine, Member FDSOA
Let us review the essential duties of a firefighter and what is expected of each firefighter as we are “called to duty”. That alarm goes off, and we step on the truck; we are in route to the scene. This ...
- Watch a Tesla Solar Roof being dismantled in first responder training video
Watch a Tesla Solar Roof being dismantled in first responder training video
There are only a handful of Tesla Solar Roof installations out there at this point, but they are slowly ramping up production and installations, which means that first responders need to be ready to know how to approach this new kind of roof in ...
- Reducing Firefighter Injuries & Preventing Fatalities
Reducing Firefighter Injuries & Preventing Fatalities
- 2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Bulletin
2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down
Developed and Supported by: The Valley Safety Officers and ROCC
2018 Safety Stand Down program – Focus on Rehab. Scottsdale Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief and FDSOA Western Director Eric Valliere has worked within the Valley Safety Officers association to create this program for his region and wants to share this with the ...
- Leave Your Phone Alone – Public Service Announcement
Leave Your Phone Alone – Public Service Announcement
Jack Sullivan, safety trainer, shares, “The goal of this PSA, ‘Leave Your Phone Alone’, is to reduce struck-by-vehicle LODDs & injuries to firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, tow ops & others who respond to emergency situations.”
Responsder Safety – Video – Leave Your Phone Alone
- So Many Services to Provide
Fire Apparatus Magazine
So Many Services to Provide
By Richard Marinucci
Anyone who attends FDIC International must come away with a sense of awe as to the breadth of the show. There were more than 34,000 attendees who participated in various training programs and on the show floor. One of the most impressive aspects was the diversity of ...