On a bitterly cold night, you just came home from celebrating the new year and got into your nice, warm bed. Instead, the call comes over: “6500: Signal 10 House Fire, Code 91.” You throw the covers off, jump out of bed and into your pants lying on the chair next to you. Throwing the blue light on in your truck, you race to the firehouse.
November 19, 2015, is the Great American Smoke-Out, a day designated to support the efforts of any tobacco user who is ready to take a first step toward quitting. While each person’s battle with tobacco is unique, this day reminds us that we all have a stake in helping our friends, families, team members and co-workers find sustainable ways to a tobacco-free life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders is an exceedingly common occurrence due to the nature of the job. Repeated exposure to senseless violence, abuse, and the most horrific and tragic death scenes contributes to the development of this serious and intrusive mental health disorder.
September 10, 2015, is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme is “Reaching Out to Save Lives” – a message all those in the fire service can use to let people know that everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.
A healthy firefighter is everyone's fight, so FASNY urges our members to take this challenge to do something good for yourself and the fire service in observance of 9/11. Watch this video for some ideas, get your department involved and post your photos on our Facebook page!
As the world’s largest producer of protective clothing, Globe Manufacturing Company, LLC is often requested to provide information on cleaning turnout gear. Inevitably, we refer firefighters to NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2013 Revision. This standard has led to an increased awareness among firefighters for the need to have turnout clothing well maintained, including laundering on a regular basis. Additionally, NFPA 1851 sets minimum requirements for the inspection, care, and cleaning of all protective ensemble elements covered by NFPA 1971.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) a $786,580 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant to conduct a series of health and safety initiatives over the next year. The grant will help the NVFC build on existing health and safety programs as well as address emerging issues facing the fire and emergency services.
Firefighter Moore has battled cancer not once, but twice. The brotherhood and sisterhood supported him from the beginning.
As firefighters, we recognize that preplanning a building is a necessity. We learn how it is laid out, what the pitfalls are, how to best attack the fire based on the building, and how to have a successful outcome. I know from experience that it’s not the premiere training like live-fire training, saving our own, technical rescue, and it probably ranks below throwing ladders. Yet when responding to a possible fire, that little book of preplans is a wealth of knowledge and a possible lifesaver. My question to all of you in the fire and EMS organizations: have you preplanned your life in the event of a mental health crisis?
The topic of cancer and how it relates to the fire service is one that has been front page news for quite some time. It is no secret that we as firefighters are at a much higher risk to contract a host of cancers. Much time has been spent communicating the importance of washing and decontaminating our gear after we leave a fire. However, I pose the question: "Is laundering our gear enough to reduce our risk?”