Fire Prevention

Drones in Fire Departments: The Step-by-Step Process to Create a Drone Program

Given the size of the city of L.A., the potential bureaucratic hurdles required to actually launch something so new were significant. In this article, we’ll share the step-by-step process that was followed for the LAFD’s drone program approval to be expedited, so that the department could have UAVs at their disposal to help with the …

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Crisis Intervention by Social Workers for Fire Departments

Originally, social workers were developed in these fire departments to address the needs of firefighters themselves. However, their functions have expanded to address the needs of customers served by the fire department, both at the scene and during the postintervention period. Using principles of crisis intervention and trauma theory, social workers and social work students …

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NIST Report: WUI Community Fire Hazard Mitigation Methodology

The imminent threat of deadly wildfires near urban areas, like the Marshall Fire in Colorado, demands that homes be built to survive. The intensity of these firestorms, particularly in densely populated areas, is too great to rely on first responders alone, according to a landmark federal report. National Institute of Standards and Technology experts are …

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The Fire Marshal Interchange: A Free Resource for Information Sharing

The Fire Marshal Interchange (FMI) is a free, secure and easy-to-access means of communications between fire marshal offices. The FMI gives fire marshals from across the United States and around the world the opportunity to share knowledge outside their jurisdictions. If you’re a fire marshal and not using the FMI, you’re missing out on the …

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Four Tips to Prepare for Energy Storage System Incidents

Futurists often say that if you want to know what tomorrow will bring, look at what’s happening on the fringes today. Massive energy storage systems, also known as electric energy storage, are not what we think of as the bread-and-butter hazmat call — like, say, a leaking tanker would be. Yet, that very well could …

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Post-Fire Chemical Exposure Risks to Fire Investigators

This research study evaluates post-fire chemical exposure risks to fire investigators so that data-driven decisions can be made about personal protective equipment ensemble, policy and other contamination control measures for extended periods of time after a fire. “The risk of occupational exposures for structural firefighters has been studied in recent years, yet potential risk for …

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Getting Legislators onto your CRR Bandwagon

In this episode we talk with Samantha Louderback about some quick tips on how you can effectively advocate for your programs, no matter what level you are working at – local, county, state or federal. Getting support for your CRR efforts from policy makers and legislators is vitally important for long-term, sustainable programs. It’s something …

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