Health & Safety

Best Practices for EMS and Fire Response to Incidents During Civil Unrest

These incidents present unique challenges and sometimes place first responders at higher than anticipated levels of risk. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) worked together to compile best practices to assist you as you respond to civil unrest incidents in your community.

Creating Change in the Fire Service

This training is a roundtable discussion between five fire service leaders about how to create change in the fire service and lead a culture of safety. The roundtable discusses how to lead an organization where safety in fire service is a primary focus, including making safety a priority, handling resistance, extending responsible behavior modeling to …

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Wildland Fire Safety

Bill Arsenault, Fire Chief at Kamiah Fire-Rescue, located in north central Idaho on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Bill shares the need and encouragement for everyone to participate The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), Health and Safety at Wildland Fires training module.

FIREFIGHTER LODD DATA 2022– Not Drama…Just The Facts….

2022 ended with a total, as of 26 December, of 96 on-duty deaths as defined and recorded by the United States Fire Administration (USFA)[1]. Of those 96, nine (9%) were interior fatalities. For providing specific data, I define interior deaths as those on the fireground that are traumatic versus those that are medical in the …

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Understanding What Responders Need

On this episode of Tech Speak, join S&T in Harbison State Forest, South Carolina, as we test a newly designed respirator tailored to help wildland firefighters breathe easier. These firefighters must travel light and work long days in remote conditions with little to no respiratory protection. They not only battle smoke, dust and flames, but …

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As the year of 2022 has gone on, we have seen more LODD related lawsuits from families against Fire Chiefs, fire departments and property owners. The most recent one is shared with us by Fire Chief/Attorney Curt Varone has brought to our attention. This one, like some others, is an excellent template for all of …


The Yearly Training Calendar: A Framework for Success

Justin Bailey explains why breaking a volunteer department training calendar into three parts eases the process for developing the program. “Congratulations, you are the new training officer!” These words can strike excitement and anxiousness at the same time. This usually is followed by, “What’s your idea for the training program for next year?”