- FirefighterCloseCalls – Aerial Near Miss
An extreme close call yesterday when South Portland (Maine) Firefighters were training with a their new $1.1 million ladder truck and they hit a power line with the truck’s aerial device. The contact with the electrical line caused a fire to the new truck’s front right tire and shorted the controls of the aerial, keeping ...
- US Fire Admin – Firefighter Fatalities in 2017
United States Fire Admin Publishes Firefighter Fatalities in 2017 Report
87 firefighters (48 volunteer, 33 career and 6 wildland agency) died while on duty.
50 firefighters died from heart attacks.
40 firefighters died from activities related to an emergency incident.
17 firefighters died from activities at a fire scene.
12 firefighters died while training.
12 firefighters died during non-fire emergency ...
- Calling All Fire Apparatus Mechanics and Spec Writers!
Calling All Fire Apparatus Mechanics and Spec Writers!
BY SAM MASSA
Fire apparatus are some of the most complicated, mission-critical vehicles manufactured today. The work mechanics and apparatus spec writers do in their shops or at their desks has the capacity to make a profound impact on the ability of the nation’s first responders to effectively do ...
- Why Attend?
To paraphrase Rick from the classic movie “Casablanca,” of all the conferences in all the world, why should I attend the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium?
The main reason is its uniqueness. Most, if not all, conferences focus on apparatus displays and opportunities to “kick tires.” This event ...
- Cancer prevention, protection for fire service personnel
Cancer prevention, protection for fire service personnel
Chief fire officers are just beginning to understand the magnitude of cancer in the fire service and the challenges to more effectively apply risk control techniques
May 23, 2017
By Dr. Bill Jenaway
When emergency responders sign up to assist local fire and rescue services, often the last thing on their mind ...
- Breast cancer in the fire service: Beyond pink tees
with Sara Jahnke
Breast cancer in the fire service: Beyond pink tees
The data linking firefighting and breast cancer is slim but growing, and this cancer strikes men as well as women
Oct 25, 2016
October is breast cancer awareness month. What does that mean for the fire service beyond pink shirts and pink fire trucks? While breast ...
- Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing
Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing
by Jessica Sieff
September 24, 2018
Scientists at the University of Notre Dame will begin an independent study of turnout gear worn by firefighters after initial samples tested positive for fluorine.
Graham Peaslee, a professor of experimental nuclear physics at the University of Notre Dame, and his lab tested fabric ...
- We fight for the safest equipment at work. Shouldn’t we have the safest environment at home?
Everyone Goes Home®
We fight for the safest equipment at work.
Shouldn’t we have the safest environment at home?
We decided to protect our home with fire sprinklers for many reasons. The first is life safety. We wanted more time to ensure our family could evacuate safely. Our daughter Kelsey has Multiple Sclerosis and is currently doing great. ...
- 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 ...