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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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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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Update: CDC Infection Control Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance includes updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated patients who have had close contact with someone with a COVID-19 infection, recommended testing intervals for asymptomatic health care providers, and the incorporation of previous CDC …

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Top wildfire expert prescribes controlled burns as preventive care

Scientists testified before Congress on Tuesday to request funding for new software that predicts the behavior of ever bigger fires — to compute, for example, how a wildfire would move through a residential neighborhood. The next day, President Biden promised to provide more resources, including higher pay for federal firefighters and making those positions year-round …

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Research Corner: Outdoor Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Systems

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute conducted three experiments on an intermodal container that was configured to represent an outdoor modular walk-in energy storage system, such as the one where an explosion occurred in April 2019. The experiments were designed to demonstrate the fundamental fire and explosion hazards that develop when cascading thermal runaway occurs inside …

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