Fire Prevention

Iowa fire chief faces first mayday of his career during factory fire

A Cedar Falls firefighter sustained serious injuries while battling a fire at an abandoned factory.“In my career, that’s the first mayday that has been called for somebody in a live fire structure,” Fire Chief Greg Smith said. “You hear it on the radio, it makes your heart sink.”

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Thriving in Stressful Times: Therapists Share Their Tips and Strategies

One common issue among first responders is delayed help-seeking behavior. Many first responders wait too long to seek help for their mental health concerns, often due to stigma, fear of judgment, or the belief that they should be able to handle everything on their own. However, delaying help can have serious consequences for their well-being

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Firefighter LODDs in 2023 Second Highest in Decade

The largest share of deaths (32) occurred while firefighters were operating at fires or explosions (36 percent of the total number of fatalities). Nineteen firefighters (21 percent) sustained fatal injuries while responding to or returning from alarms. Training (11 percent) activities and non-fire emergencies (11 percent) each claimed the lives of ten firefighters.

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MVD Position Statement on Thermal Fuses

To reduce the number of deaths associated with home oxygen therapy fires, the Missouri Valley Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (MVD IAFC), strongly supports the adoption and use of a thermal fuse cannula kit by healthcare equipment suppliers, state and local health departments, emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments.

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NFPA Announces New EV Resources and Guidelines

As electric vehicles (EV) enter our roadways, the National Fire Protection Association has introduced a series of free resources, guidelines, and information to help raise awareness about EV fires and safe EV charging practices at home. According to the International Energy Agency, global sales of electric vehicles exceeded 10 million in 2022 and are expected

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Are you a bad officer or a good officer in a bad department?

In the high-stakes world of firefighting, leadership is not just about commanding orders; it’s about fostering a culture of safety, trust and excellence within the department. But what happens when the department itself is plagued by challenges? How does one discern whether they’re a bad officer in a good department or a good officer in

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MVD Adopts “Include” as Fourth Strategic Goal

By adopting Include as a strategic goal, we emphasize our strong commitment to DEI.  As modern fire chiefs, ensuring the members of our departments are prepared and equipped to meet the challenges of the job is not enough.  We, and our changing society, demand that today’s fire and emergency service leaders, and emerging leaders, adapt

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