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Reducing Injuries: Putting the Effort Where It Counts


Fire departments that are interested in using a proactive risk management strategy should review ways to fully integrate the approach to make firefighters aware of the intent of such efforts. 

Your Relationship with Death


Everyone dies. First responders see a lot of deaths and near-death experiences on the job. Many people fear death. But, what if fear of death is what is holding so many people back from truly living? 

Health and Fitness: Creating the Culture

07/31/2018 Brandon Green examines how the health of the firefighter is a vital piece of the fire service puzzle and should be a focus of proper training in every firehouse in the country.

Fitness and Skills

07/26/2018 David Rhodes examines how firefighter obstacle courses can be designed for both fitness and skill improvement.

NIOSH LODD Report: Illinois Firefighter Suffers Cardiac Arrest after Leaving Firehouse


On February 7, 2017, a 46-year-old male volunteer FF (fire fighter) responded to a motor vehicle accident as the driver of the engine. Upon returning to the fire station after the call, the FF reported to his Chief that he was not feeling well and left the station before other members.

NIOSH LODD Report: Indiana Fire Chief Dies after Heart Attack at Vehicle Fire


Fire chief collapsed while serving as the Incident Commander during a November 2016 fire.

Research: Airborne Contaminants During Controlled Structure Fires


Personal and area air concentrations collected within the structure during the fire period were well above short-term occupational exposure limits for most of the measured compounds and exceeded the IDLH level for HCN.

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Arrest at New Hampshire Brush Fire


Findings from a July 2014 on-duty death in New Hampshire.

NIOSH LODD Report: New Hampshire Firefighter Dies of Heart Attack after Training


On June 13, 2016, a 43-year-old male paid-on-call fire fighter (FF) took part in a weekly training drill involving rescue equipment. The FF had a history of cardiac events including prior heart attack and stenting.

Fire Engineering Chief Bobby Halton Interviews IAFF President Harold Schaitberger


Live from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) cancer summit in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger speaks live Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton about the issue of cancer and the fire service.

The Human Machine


Brandon Green examines whether we are treating our apparatus better than our firefighters.

Using a Risk Management Approach to Reduce Firefighter Injuries


Recently, a team of researchers set out to see how a risk management approach might be successfully implemented by firefighters.

Be Recovered


Jordan Ponder provides a stress management recovery plan. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Pennsylvania Firefighter Stricken During Trash Fire


Firefighter complained of chest pain during fire and became unresponsive while en route to the hospital.

NIOSH LODD Report: Minnesota Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack after Fitness Training


Biventricular hypertrophy and coronary heart disease were undiagnosed.

Strains and Sprains


Jordan Ponder looks at the increased likelihood firefighters have for injury and provides strategies to prevent those injuries. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims New York Firefighter


Atherosclerotic coronary heart disease was listed as the immediate cause of death of the 40-year old volunteer.

NIOSH LODD Report: Michigan Captain Dies after Winterizing Fire Boat


The Captain’s coronary heart disease (CHD) was undiagnosed prior to this incident.

O2X Human Performance


The O2X Human Performance team shares how their Eat Sweat Thrive program helps build healthier and safer communities and is saving the lives of firefighters.

NIOSH LODD Report: Sudden Cardiac Death Claims Michigan Sergeant


49-year old firefighter was found unresponsive in the bunkroom after being sick the night before.


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