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Mental Health Crisis Teams Aren’t Just for Cities Anymore

Jeff White knows what can happen when 911 dispatchers receive a call about someone who feels despondent or agitated. He experienced it repeatedly: The 911 operators dispatched police, who often took him to a hospital or jail. “They don’t know how to handle people like me,” said White. In most of those instances, he said, …

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6 things big and small your agency can be doing to prevent cancer

From a simple radio strap or face wipe to a dedicated decontamination unit, every agency can take a step in the right direction. The hardest thing to change in the fire service is mindset. But the prevalence of cancer in the fire service has brought needed attention to a very big problem that is not …

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The 100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ is October 9 – 15

Every 93 seconds, U.S. Fire Departments respond to a home fire. While the number of home fires has decreased, they are more deadly. You are more likely to die in a home fire today than in 1980. That is why this year’s FPW theme, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, works to educate everyone about …

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The Man Who Saw Too Much

Aspen’s Michael Ferrara is bringing attention to a little-known problem: post-traumatic stress disorder among the people who save our lives. Looking back over his nearly 30 years as a highly decorated first responder in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, Michael Ferrara has trouble pinpointing the exact moment when his life began to unravel. His ordeal arrived …

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The Benefits and Importance of Diversity in the Fire Service

Demographically speaking, our nation’s fire departments are not diverse. Consider the following workforce statistics from 2019 reported by Data USA: 95.8% of firefighters were male. 79.9% of firefighters were white and non-Hispanic. Many communities have started improving their efforts to recruit a more diverse workforce. For these programs to succeed, it’s important to recognize two …

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