Research

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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Study: Reflective markings may reduce drivers’ ability to see first responders at night

A study from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) shows that very reflective markings may decrease drivers’ ability to see first responders working near vehicles at night. The study aims to help improve first responder safety at incident scenes. Secondary crashes, including struck-by incidents, are a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths among emergency responders. Warning …

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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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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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NFPA 2021 Needs Assessment of US Fire Service

This report shows that while some fire service needs have been declining, many have remained constant or increased. Fire service needs exist for departments of all sizes and in every area, including staffing, training and certification, facilities, apparatus, personal protective equipment (PPE); and health and wellness. In general, the smaller the community protected, the greater …

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2021 hot takes: Counting down the top 5 comment-generating EMS1 articles

LISTEN: Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson count down the top five stories that generated the most debate and buzz by readers this year. Okla. FF disciplined for transporting burned child in engine // Unvaccinated Wash. firefighters will no longer be able to respond to medical calls // Toxicologist: You can’t just touch fentanyl and overdose …

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Protecting Against Cyberattacks; A Guide for Public Safety Leaders

Cyberattacks can cripple technological systems and jeopardize firefighters’ ability to protect lives and property. As a result, fire leaders have a new task: cybersecurity. The IAFC, in collaboration with American Military University and FireRescue1, created this free guide for public safety leaders about issues related to cybersecurity.