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  • Station Design Trends Addressing Health, Safety
    Submissions for the 2019 Station Design Awards make it clear that fire chiefs and risk managers are responding to concerns about firefighter health and safety. Janet A. Wilmoth September 23, 2019 FIREHOUSE  Home Stations Station Design Trends Addressing Health, Safety It’s not your father’s fire station anymore. No more sitting in ...
  • FEMA Fire Academy – R0154 Safety Program Operations course
    Calling all company-level officers, chief officers, and supervisors who have department-level health and safety responsibilities (such as program planning and implementation) and who may serve as an Incident Safety Officer or department Health and Safety Officer.  The National Fire Academy has three six day offerings  September 22-27, 2019, October 20-25, 2019, and October 27- November 1, 2019, ...
  • Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Rich Marinucci, Executive Director, Fire Department Safety Officers Association
    Chief Rich Marinucci, Executive Director of the FDSOA, speaks on the importance of on-scene incident safety officers and health & safety officers who manage wellness programs in in their departments. He identifies three mindsets of firefighters – complacency, competence and cockiness — which need to be countered by on-scene and management safety officers to promote ...
  • Clean Cab Concept is Alive and Well
    Clean Cab Concept is Alive and Well Health concerns about contaminated gear are driving the movement. Brian Brown August 1, 2019 The Clean Cab Concept is a moving target that frequently ends up being a slippery slope for all involved. We all know that firefighting is obviously a dangerous career. More recently, firefighter cancer prevention ...
  • Active Shooter Resources (The Secret List)
    All, Everyday a training day…especially these days: Here is the IAFC Active Shooter Toolkit for Fire Chiefs to prepare, respond, recover from active shooter & associated incidents: https://www.iafc.org/topics-and-tools/large-scale-response/active-shooter-toolkit This is the US Fire Administration Active Shooter Preparation & Response Guide: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/active_shooter_guide.pdf Consider these along with your coordinated policy with local law enforcement. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 8-5-2019-0745 ...
  • FDSOA Celebrates 30th Anniversary
    FDSOA Celebrates 30th Anniversary The Fire Department Safety Officers Association will celebrate its 30th anniversary January 12-16, 2020, in Scottsdale, AZ. “The FDSOA Board of Directors is very excited to be celebrating our 30th year anniversary of the FDSOA and with our new logo commemorating this milestone,” said Eric Valliere, chairman, FDSOA. “This is also a significant time ...
  • Don’t be caught off-guard when you encounter your first “self-driving” or “driverless” vehicle.
    Jack Sullivan, Instructor, Safety Consultant: Don’t be caught off-guard when you encounter your first “self-driving” or “driverless” vehicle. Know what to expect and what to watch out for. Take Autonomous Vehicles from the Responder Safety Learning Network today. The program is free and takes less than 30 minutes. https://learning.respondersafety.com/Training_Programs/Autonomous_Vehicles.aspx  
  • Fire Apparatus Emergency Lighting Study Report
    RESPONDERSAFETY.com With the change in emergency vehicle lighting to LEDs, there are increasing concerns about the increasing intensity and the risks to emergency responders caused by blinding and distracting effects on drivers and others in the area. This report details the history of how the current fire apparatus lighting standards were developed, summarizes the last 20 ...
  • NFPA’s annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report shows 64 on-duty deaths in 2018, continuing five-year trend of fewer than 70 deaths per year
    June 19, 2019 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” report, which showed a total of 64 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2018. This is the eighth time in the last 10 years that fewer than 70 on-duty deaths have occurred; the death ...
  • Chief Sandy Davis Safety Officer of the Year Award Winner
    Chief Sandy Davis Safety Officer of the Year Award – John Whalen   This year’s winner is Assistant Chief John Whalen, with the Coral Springs Fire Department. Congratulations to John!! The award will be presented during the section’s annual meeting at FRI. This year’s event will occur on Wednesday, August 7, at 1 PM in room B206 in the ...