Events & Issues affecting Today’s Fire and Emergency Sector

We all know that firefighting is a risky business, but some of the risks aren’t always fully appreciated. While it’s widely understood that being chronically exposed to trauma increases risk for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) symptoms, researchers at Florida State University further found that these same symptoms appear to play a significant role in increasing
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January 2017 Seminar: Turning a Great Investigation into a Great Report!

The Massachusetts Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators is holding a training seminar on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Florian Hall, Dorchester, MA. The seminar will cover the origin and cause report, specifically the technical requirements that should be met for every O&C report. A case study will be presented with both the
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Serve Strong in the New Year

Firefighters are tough, but so are the challenges we face. Our service to our community can take a toll on our health, and oftentimes we forget that health and safety are actually key criteria to being the best firefighter or EMT we can be. After all, a better you means a better crew. As we
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Celebrate Achievements in the Junior Fire Service with National Awards

Your junior firefighters work hard for your department all year long. Honor their outstanding contributions to the junior fire service by submitting a nomination for the Junior Firefighter of the Year or Junior Firefighter Program of the Year awards. Both of these prestigious awards are made possible by support from California Casualty. Read

Taking Action Against Cancer

Cancer is becoming an ever-increasing cause of firefighter deaths. Firefighters have much higher rates of cancer than the residents they serve because of exposure to carcinogens on the fireground and in the firehouse. This course will provide information on immediate actions that all ranks from firefighter to chief can take to reduce the occupational cancer
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Firefighter Down Situational Awareness & CPR – 2 hours; 2 OEMS credits

When the unthinkable happens, and a firefighter collapses on an emergency scene, we need to be prepared to provide the highest level of care possible. We know that good neurological outcomes can be had in out of hospital cardiac arrest provided high quality chest compressions are initiated early. Unfortunately, the resuscitation of a downed firefighter
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Apply for a SAFER Grant to Recruit and Retain Volunteer Firefighters

The application period for the FY 2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants is now open through 5pm ET on February 10. This grant is designed to help local fire departments comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by NFPA. Apply for a grant to help recruit and retain volunteer firefighters
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A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals

Firefighting is physically taxing, dangerous and stressful; this guide provides both the context and information needed to improve the medical testing and treatment of firefighters by their personal private primary care providers. This free Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals is available for you to bring to your physician to help them understand the physiological
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Calendar of Fire Safety

The 2017 DFS calendar of fire safety is now available. The calendar suggests public fire and life safety education topics for each month. To plan ahead and to download the calendar click here.

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