Cancer is killing firefighters at two and three times the rate it kills civilians. We are just beginning to realize this. Every fire you go to is HAZMAT. Toxic chemicals, hundreds of different kinds, are being absorbed into your body, ingested and inhaled. Cancer is probably killing more firefighters than all other causes combined; we’ve more

Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance Report Released

Cancer is a serious threat to firefighters, and the number of firefighters affected by this disease continues to climb. In 2015, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation convened the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance to collaborate to address the issue. The Alliance, which includes the NVFC, identified action items for prevention education, research, and advocacy. A more

Four Wareham Fire Recruits graduate from MA Fire Academy Program

Four firefighters from the Wareham Fire Department graduated in the #59 Class of the Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Program on Thursday, June 23, in Fall River. “The program is basically a crew training,” said Wareham Fire Department Assistant Chief Patrick Haskell. “So, we take a person that has never been involved in more

Smoke Detector Safety

A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense in a fire and it gives you the one thing you don’t have – TIME – time to use your home escape plan — time to get out and stay out. State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey shared some tips to keep you and your family more

How Firefighters should carry Their Radios

There’s been debate about the best place for fire officers to carry their portable radios in the hazard area for as long as there have been portable radios. Chalk it up as another of the “I think, feel or believe” decisions frequently made in the fire service that then become etched in stone for future more

Heat Related Events: Awareness, Preparation, and Response for Emergency Personnel

One of the most important exposures for emergency personnel to be aware of during the summer months is heat-related weather patterns. Extreme heat has been known to take a devastating toll. For instance, in the summer of 1980, 1,700 people lost their lives to heat-related illnesses as a result of a particularly intense summer heat more

FAMA Releases Fire Apparatus Safety Guide

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturer’s Association (FAMA) has developed the Fire Apparatus Safety Guide. The NFPA-compliant guide is available to anyone working on or around a fire apparatus. It includes essential safety information for firefighters, fire chiefs, apparatus mechanics, and fire department safety officers. The guide is applicable to municipal, wildland, and airport firefighting apparatus manufactured on more

Infographic: 9 Symptoms and Solutions for Overexertion in Firefighters

Overexertion is a result of exercising too intensely, continuously being thrown into situations where your adrenaline spikes, or being overworked and stretched too thin. Whether your muscles are stressed or your mind is stressed, it’s important to spot your overexertion, and deal with it. According to U.S. Fire Administration, 58 percent of firefighter deaths in 2014 more

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