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Safety Gram

Reflections of Safety

Billy D. Hayes is the Fire Chief for the City of Onalaska Fire Department in Wisconsin and the FDSOA SafetyGram Editor The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on the successes of the year, and the challenges that still lie ahead, and this year, it is no...

I Serve To Save, But Who Is Supposed To Save Me?

“I Serve To Save But Who Is Supposed To Save Me?” Today, more firefighters die from suicide than in the line of duty.  The question of how did we get to this point isn’t as important as how do we reverse our current trajectory?  Firefighters for decades have suffered...

The Safety Officer’s Role in Community Risk Reduction

The Safety Officer’s Role in Community Risk Reduction By: Chris Simpson To begin the conversation, we must establish what Community Risk Reduction is and why it is important to the fire department Safety Officer. Community Risk Reduction, while a semi-new concept in...

The Right Tool For The Job: Turnout Gear

The right tool for the job: Turnout gear By: Anthony La Manna As firefighters, we all know the routine that when the alarm comes in, career or volunteer, we don our protective gear before we begin our response to the alarm. Helmet, personal protective equipment...

Safety Officer Development

Steve Prziborowski Safety Officer Development: Do we truly care about our personnel? Are our personnel our greatest asset? Do we want to do our best to reduce injuries and fatalities on the fireground? If the answer is yes to the above three questions, which I hope it...