Firefighter Safety & Health

USFA: Emerging Health and Safety Issues Among Women in the Fire Service


Resources and recommendations that address long-term and emerging health and safety issues faced by female firefighters and EMS responders.

10 Mistakes SCBA Training Programs Make and How to Fix Them


Captain John Lukancic gives reasons why you should not be comfortable about your SCBA training.

Female Firefighters at Risk of PTSD and Suicidal Thoughts


Female firefighters are at a high-risk of developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and experiencing suicidal thoughts, compared to male firefighters, according to a new study published in Occupational Medicine Journal.

The Little Things That Matter


If we pay attention to things that don’t seem like a big deal, when it comes time, the “big deal” things will come naturally.

Maintaining Mental Health: Resources for Firefighters


It is important for firefighters to recognize that they need to take control of their mental health just as they would their physical health.

Counselors Don’t Get Us


A therapist needs to understand this lifestyle and respect what it means to the client.  Ride-alongs are a good start to understanding the tasks of a first responder’s job.

LODD Anniversary: Battalion Chief, Firefighter Killed in Church Fire, 29 Firefighters Injured


On March 13, 2004, a 55-year-old male career Battalion Chief and a 51-year-old male career master fire fighter were fatally injured during a structural collapse at a church fire. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Georgia Firefighter Suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest at Station


The 44-year-old female firefighter had complained of burning in her throat.

Compassion Fatigue: Fighting the Battle to Care


We cared when we started this profession. Compassion for others is what drew us into the job. If we truly love the job, we must fight to keep it. We must fight to keep caring.

Company Near Miss Review: Recognize, Decide, and Assign


As additional units began to arrive, the fire conditions worsened. This was noticed from the disposition of the smoke going from light gray to darker brown. 

January 2019 On-Duty Deaths


Since 1990 has there not been a year with such a low number in January as there has been this year.

NIOSH LODD Report: Massachusetts Firefighter Suffers Carbon Monoxide Toxicity


54-year old firefighter collapsed while performing overhaul during a March 2017 fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Arrest Claims Massachusetts Firefighter


It was a light-recovery day workout, and after one set of three exercises, he suddenly collapsed. 

LODD Anniversary: Firefighters Killed and Injured in Texas Blaze


On February 15, 2013, a 36-year-old male career lieutenant and a 54-year-old male career lieutenant were killed and two career fire fighters were injured at an assembly hall fire.

Company Near-Miss Review: Tactical Changes for Flow Path Management


The firefighters were pulling ceiling and wallboard to check for extension of a deep-seated fire that was difficult to locate. 

Healing the Mind and Soul of a Warrior


I preach and teach the warrior mindset to my recruits and how if conditioned right your brain can be the best weapon in your arsenal. I refused to believe that my brain was betraying me.

High-Risk Training in a Low-Occurrence Environment


The featured report this month involves a department training with new equipment using a haul system to lower a simulated patient from a building.

When Worst-Case Scenario Hits Home


I finally made the toughest call I’ve ever made.  I called the department Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

December and Firefighters


Each December, there are some very significant dates for the fire service.

NIOSH LODD Report: Maryland Firefighter Killed During Welfare Check


On April 15, 2016, a 37-year-old male career fire fighter/paramedic was killed and a 19-year-old male volunteer fire fighter was seriously wounded when they were shot after a combination fire department was dispatched for a check on the welfare of a citizen. 


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