Week and Weekend Events

End the week by donating blood at American Red Cross blood drive at the DFS Stow campus this Friday, December 2 from 12Noon – 5:00pm. This blood drive is in memory of the six Worcester firefighters who perished in the fire on December 3, 1999, one of whom worked part time at DFS. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments can
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7 Truths about Fire Service Retirement

Retirement from a life-long career can be a stressful event, regardless of the field. Research conducted in the military and law enforcement fields shows that retirement from a career in public safety can be more stressful than retirement from the civilian workforce. Most firefighters I’ve ever had the pleasure to know have worked hard to
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2015 Firefighter Injuries outlined in New NFPA Report

Firefighters work in varied and complex environments that increase their risk of on-the-job death and injury. NFPA estimates that 68,085 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2015. An estimated 29,130 (42.8%)  of all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations. Each year, NFPA studies firefighter deaths and injuries to provide national statistics on
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Front Line

LAST YEAR, when the chief of the Ferndale, Michigan, Fire Department had every vehicle re-striped for a consistent look, a message was added in large, bold letters: “Fire Sprinklers Save Lives.” The words were meant to acknowledge the growing recognition that home fire sprinklers, like smoke detectors, could help save the lives of occupants. “We
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New Home Sprinkler Mandate Would Save Lives

As a fire marshal, I am committed to saving lives. Unfortunately, a painful reality of my job is losing someone to a home fire. This reality hit too close to home last month, when a 6-year-old girl from Plainfield died in a home built only months ago. This senseless tragedy was the result of inaction
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Physicals: Your Life Depends on Them!

Firefighter physicals save lives by providing early detection of risk factors and diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and others. The NVFC recently adopted a position supporting medical assessments for all firefighters. The IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section conducted a department survey this year to see if improvements have been made in relation to firefighter physicals
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Ask For Home Fire Sprinklers

Building a new home? Ask for fire sprinklers. Watch this short video from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to understand why. 9 out of 10 fire deaths happen where you least expect them, at home. If you are building a new home ask for fire sprinklers to protect your family. Click here to watch the video.

Fire Service Grant and Funding

The FY 16 federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) period is now open through 5PM ET November 18. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Read
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Fire concerns of Today’s Homes

Enter the modern home, a spacious oasis filled with creature comforts. Marvel at the open floor plan. Relax in overstuffed, upholstered furniture. Feel good knowing that the home was made with construction practices friendly to the environment. What you can’t see, however, is how these components all play a part in creating home fires that
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Got Bunker Gear?

Used/Retired Bunker Gear Needed! The Stoneham, MA Fire Explorer Program is seeking the donation of used or retired bunker gear for use by their Fire Explorers during training and drills. They are looking for bunker coats and pants (only in these colors), as well as used fire boots in any size. If you can help, please contact
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