Research

Building Stroke-Ready Communities: The Importance of Bystander Stroke Education

In addition to mass media, various educational strategies including multimedia presentations, live performances, and role-playing, have been employed to increase public stroke awareness. Researchers performed a systematic review of over 30 of these interventions targeting different populations, including those at high risk for stroke. They found that regardless of the method of knowledge distribution and target […]

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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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Ice bath therapy for first responders: Physical and mental benefits of cold water

First responders who are constantly exposed to physically and mentally demanding situations need to find effective methods to enhance their wellbeing and recovery. Finding the right solution can be difficult, time-consuming and frustrating. But the single most influential tool I discovered for both body and mind has been cold plunge therapy.

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Free Training on Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries

Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL’s) Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has created a free online training module, Science of Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries, to help firefighters better understand the physical phenomena that determine how hazards develop during lithium-ion battery incidents.

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Investigation: Lack of Training a Factor in Fatal Plant Explosion

In late June, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final investigation report on the 2020 propylene release and explosion at the Watson Grinding facility in Houston, Texas, that fatally injured two workers and a nearby resident and damaged hundreds of neighboring homes. The CSB’s final report highlights two key safety issues:

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New IAFC Wildfire Evacuation Planning Toolkit

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and its Wildland Fire Policy Committee are proud to announce the launch of our new interactive web-based geospatial Wildfire Evacuation Planning Toolkit. This toolkit allows users to assess their current capabilities, view evacuation resources, and explore their community within a map-based application to create evacuation zones.

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ATF releases fire analysis Maryland LODD

ATF personnel used engineering analysis methods, including field fire testing, large-scale laboratory fire testing, advanced computer fire modeling and electronic data sources, to help identify the origin and cause of the fire, the route of fire spread throughout the structure, and the events that led to Flynn’s mayday and death.

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