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August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month

Summer is winding down and this is a good opportunity for IAFF members to raise awareness for drowning prevention and safety in their communities. The month of August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM).The goal of DIAM is to bring increased attention to drowning that will save lives. Accordin... [More]

PSOs: Not Worth the Costs

Combining the roles of fire fighters and police officers undermines public safety. Today, when faced with the pressure to decrease budgets, municipal decision makers may be more easily tempted by the argument that consolidation can cut costs, even if that argument is unfounded. At this year’s... [More]

What You Should Know About Fire Fighters and Cancer

Fire fighters are not only at risk when they respond to a fire or medical emergency, but cancer is threatening their well- being in alarming numbers.Cancer rates run statistically higher for fire fighters compared to the general North American population.The IAFF is deeply concerned and committed ab... [More]

ALEC continues to trample the rights of workers

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is still up to no good – promoting harmful legislation that threatens the rights of unions and workers.The Center for Media and Democracy reports that ALEC has introduced at least 117 bills this year in statehouses across the United States that ... [More]

Carbon Monoxide: EMS Response to Fireground Incidents

Carbon monoxide exposure puts fire fighters at significant risk at the scene of a fire. Even mild carbon monoxide exposure can cause mental confusion – which can lead to poor decision making, putting both the exposed fire fighter and others at the fire scene at risk. Carbon Monoxide: EMS Resp... [More]

Coping with Suicide

First responders have a tough job.  They put their lives on the line to save others and have to respond quickly to dangerous situations daily. Suicide calls and the aftermath are some of the toughest incidents for first responders.  Each year, more than 36,000 Americans take their own liv... [More]

How to Protect Yourself from Heat-Related Injuries

It’s July and many parts of the country are facing the warmest temperatures of the summer. Working in the heat is especially challenging for fire fighters this time of year because their gear prevents them from cooling down. A fire fighters core body heat can rise above 106 degrees.Heat stres... [More]

Meeting the Expectations of Social Media and Emergency Response

When disaster strikes, more and more people turn to social media for help. After posting a request on a social media site, 76 percent of Americans expect help to arrive within three hours, according to a Red Cross survey. The University of San Francisco School of Online Masters in Public Administr... [More]

SAFER – Batters Up!

Baseball season means swings, hits and misses.  Sometimes a fastball, sometimes a curveball, but both sides should be prepared to play ball and know what is expected of each player.  Writing grants follows a similar process, but unlike the batter, the fire service grant writing team knows... [More]

Keep Your Community Safe on the Fourth of July

Many IAFF affiliates effectively use community outreach campaigns to foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media, civic groups and the public - and the IAFF encourages more affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are perc... [More]

ICC Group B Committee Hearing Results

The International Code Council's has released the results of the Group B Committee Hearing. All results are open for Public Comment and the deadline for submissions in July 15, 2013. Members are encouraged to review the results of the Committee Actions. Codes that are contained in the Group B Cycle ... [More]

Defining Safety Culture

Improving the safety culture and climate of the fire service is important to reduce the rate of incidents reported. Although the number of fire fighter fatalities has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, the incidence of fire fighter fatalities per 100,000 incidents has actually risen. Each ... [More]

What's it Like Being a Fire Fighter?

Fire fighters put their lives at risk to protect their communities every day. They are not only at physical risk because of the dangerous work they perform, but also at risk of losing their wages, pension and worker rights.The IAFF has designed a one-of-a-kind event – Fire Ops 101, to show el... [More]

June is National Home Safety Month

The IAFF encourages affiliates to share these tips with members of their communities. Between June 7 and June 9, the U.S. Fire Administration reported 10 stories of home fire fatalities in the United States. One way to encourage home safety is to continue to raise awareness about the importance of... [More]

Fire fighters can’t protect communities alone

Every second counts when fire fighters are called to put out a fire or respond to a medical emergency. There’s no room for delays. Nashville, TN Channel 4/WSMV highlights a problem that city fire fighters are grappling with, and that’s dozens of fire trucks are not running properly. Th... [More]

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