2009 Health and Safety Week

by mobrian on June 16, 2009

Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility

This year the IAFC is encouraging chiefs and fire/EMS personnel to focus on what they personally can do to manage risk and enhance their health and safety. This year’s theme reflects the need for personal responsibility and accountability within a strong safety culture.

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NFFF FDNY Video, The Courage

by mobrian on April 18, 2009

The National Fallen Fire Fighters asks Do You Have the Courage?

The City of New York Fire Department has put together a great video which coincides with the National Fallen Firefighters and the Courage to be Safe Program.  The video serves as a great reminder of what we all need to do, every day, every job, every shift!

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Traffic Safety on Emergency Scenes -Part 2

March 6, 2009

Tips for Working on Roadways with Apparatus By: Michael Eckert, Deputy Chief Introduction In our last article, we discussed the imminent implications of 23 C.F.R. Part 634 –Worker Visibility, a federal regulation mandated by SAFETEA-LU, the 2005 act that funds US transportation for a five year period. It became effective on November 24, 2008. Hopefully, […]

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NIOSH Report Released on Sofa Super Store

February 12, 2009

NIOSH Gives Recommendations for Future Fires Today NIOSH released the fatality investigation report which outlines the facts of the incident and provides recommendations for the Charleston Fire Department as well as other fire departments across the United States. The report highlights the need for incident command training, systems, accountability, firefighter tactics, protection of fire department […]

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Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

February 8, 2009

Updated Health and Wellness Guides Available The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), working with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), has issued a revised Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services. The Health and Wellness Guide now provides updated information on health and wellness issues, trends, and programs focused on the needs […]

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Do you Have the Courage, Part I

December 22, 2008

The Courage to be Safe, So Everyone Goes Home! Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe […]

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After Action Analysis

December 4, 2008

Fire departments can take a look at complex scenes and evaluate them for performance and the ability to follow department training and policies. After Action reports can develop your response and identify areas for training.

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Know Your Breathing Apparatus, Part I

November 29, 2008

Okay so you know your SCBA inside and out right? You wear your seat belt on the way to every call, so, can you don your SCBA and step off the truck?

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FHWA sets Interim Final Rule on Safety Vests

November 22, 2008

Feds Create Common Sense Exception Days Before Rule is in Effect The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued an Interim Final Rule to address safety concerns raised by the firefighting community regarding high-visibility safety apparel (see Worker Visibility Final Rule – 23 CFR Part 634, below). The Interim Final Rule: Revises the definition of “worker” to […]

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