Health & Safety

Research: Mindfulness and Self-Compassionate Leadership Development

Individuals who integrate these processes in their lives have been found to maintain and build important personal resources. Managers in this study best resonated with the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion through four main methods of relating them to personal fire experiences that offer guidance to other managers. They saw value in training fire personnel …

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Updated:11 Best Practices to Prevent Firefighter Cancer

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC’s) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) released and update to the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. The report resents 11 specific, easy-to-follow actions firefighters need to take to lessen their risk of occupational cancer. In this report, the …

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NFA Available Courses Updated

Free training courses and programs are delivered at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, online and throughout the nation. Offerings include: Health and Safety Program Manager, Leadership in Supervision, Incident Safety Officer, Management of EMS, New Executive Chief Officer, WUI Fire Adapted Communities, Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention, Fire Investigations, and Community Risk Reduction.

Report: Support Networks Lower Suicide Rates

The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office) released a report to the United States Congress in April 2021 in response to an increase in suicides among law enforcement officers and other first responders. After evaluating behavioral health programs across the nation, the COPS Office report found that departments have been most …

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EMS Lawline: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan and Its Impact On EMS Agencies

On September 9, 2021, the White House issued Path Out of the Pandemic – President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan, which it deemed to be a new six-pronged approach “to combat COVID-19 and save even more lives in the months ahead, while also keeping schools safe, and protecting our economy from lockdowns and damage.” Several provisions …

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IAFC Did You Know? Apparatus Checks

The fire apparatus is a basic fire service tool that every fire department relies on to aid in accomplishing the department’s job. Through modern technology and current National Fire Protection Association standards, apparatus are now highly technical pieces of equipment with complex systems. By conducting a daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual apparatus check, we ensure …

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