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STAND DOWN better yet STAND UP!!!

The IAFC recently called for a STAND DOWN asking that fire chiefs stop all non-emergency activities and review their department procedures on responses involving “technical rescue.”  Perhaps a well intentioned declaration, but the mark was missed.  What led to the issue? Two ... [More]

Safety Health and Survival Week

The 2010 Safety, Health and Survival Week is June 20-26. With more than 50 percent of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths caused by health and fitness-related issues, a concentrated effort in implementing wellness and fitness programs is more important than ever.

New Survivor Benefits in Wisconsin

Governor Jim Doyle just signed important legislation brought forward by our state association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.  The law requires municipalities to now pay the health insurance premiums of the spouse and children (up to 27 years old) of a Wisconsin fire fighter ... [More]

Fire Ground Exposures

Today’s fires are hotter and more dangerous than ever due to the synthetic products and building materials that are fueling them.  As modern technology has changed the way fire departments respond to various emergencies, fire fighters are slowly dying without recognition of the ... [More]

Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

NIOSH has just updated their website to include detailed health and safety information on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.  The US Department of Homeland Security has also created a website with real time updates on all response and clean up operations.  These sites provide pert... [More]

Input sought for new Respirator Standard

The NFPA is currently soliciting public input on the need for a new standard on high air flow powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for emergency services operations at incidents involving chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals/toxic industrial materials, biological warfare agents, ... [More]

IAFF participates in FDIC

On Monday and Tuesday (April 19 and 20), IAFF instructors delivered the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Program as part of FDIC’s Hands-On Training (HOT) program.  The IAFF FGS training course, developed over the last two years, includes sections on Preventing a Mayday, Being Ready for a ... [More]

Schaitberger Speech at FDIC

Well over 5,000 fire fighters and fire officers, the great majority were IAFF members, listened to General President Schaitberger during the opening of the 2010 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis this morning.   He spoke for about 30 minutes and took issue with publ... [More]

The Right to Live

    Twenty-nine miners were killed by an April 5 explosion in Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.  The miners were not represented by a union.  Nine fire fighters were killed in a June 18, 2007 fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC.  The... [More]

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