March 13, 2013 10:33
The Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization (FIERO) personal protective equipment symposium in Raleigh North Carolina last week was designed to be a factual series of presentations about the PPE that most fire fighters use on a regular basis. Last week I detailed the presentations from the first day. In this posting I will discuss the presentations from the final two days of the symposium.In the Tuesday morning session Dr. Aitar Cocoa of NIOSH presented on his research concerning total hea... [More]
March 5, 2013 16:03
Blog Courtesy of IAFF Health and Safety staff Ron McGraw
Today, the third bi-annual Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization (FIERO) personal protective equipment symposium opened in Raleigh North Carolina.
FIERO is a not-for-profit organization under the guidance of a board of directors whose purpose is to improve fire fighter health and safety by improving communication between manufacturers, researchers and standards setting organizations. The IAFF, the strongest advocate for fire figh... [More]
February 15, 2013 16:54
The application period for the FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants closed on January 18, 2013. The FP&S Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and fire fighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. The FP&S program also includes funding for the Firefighter Safety Research and Development program.This application per... [More]
January 10, 2013 09:54
The 2012-2013 flu season is well underway and surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that flu activity across the U.S. is higher than expected. Twenty-nine states have reported high influenza-like illness activity and there is widespread geographic influenza activity in 41 states. There have also been 18 reported pediatric deaths related to influenza. Flu activity is also high in Canada. According to most recent data from the Public Health ... [More]
December 4, 2012 14:16
About 50 Atlanta school children were sent to the hospital with carbon monoxide exposure Monday. The scary incident put a spotlight on how lethal carbon monoxide can be. Here are some tips forIAFF members on how to protect themselves on incident scenes.
Known as the silent killer because you can’t see it or smell it, carbon monoxide is the number-one cause of poisoning deaths in the world. However, only 25 states require carbon monoxide detectors in residential buildings.
Exposure to car... [More]
November 20, 2012 11:38
In Chicago, a mayday was called recently after a fire fighter fell through a floor while fighting a fire in a vacant building on the South Side.
The fire fighter suffered a broken right arm, but is expected to be okay.
Data compiled by the United States Fire Administration shows fire fighters becoming trapped and disoriented represents the largest portions of structural fire ground fatalities. Fire fighters don’t plan to be lost, disoriented, injured or trapped during a structure fire or... [More]
October 24, 2012 15:23
Fifteen years ago this morning, Brother John Carter, a member of IAFF Local 36 and the Washington, DC Fire Department was tragically killed in a neighborhood grocery store fire in the District.
The Department and Local 36 conducted a formal investigation of this fire and I was privileged to serve on the team. We spent months reconstructing this fire incident and producing the final report and recommendations, which can be found here.
The members of Local 36 will always remember Brother... [More]
September 25, 2012 15:54
The Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) has just released a position paper addressing Evaluation of Hazards in the Post-Fire Environment.The IAB is a formal group of emergency responders representing the public safety sectors from all levels of government and is funded through a number of federal agencies. The IAFF has been a member since its inception in 1998, and has participated in the development of this document.While the paper is aimed at addressing t... [More]
August 29, 2012 09:14
2012 West Nile Virus Update Thus far in 2012 (as of August 21), 47 states have reported West Nile virus (WNV) infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 1118 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 41 deaths, have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these, 629 (56%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 489 (44%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. WNV neuroinvasive disease af... [More]
May 17, 2012 11:57
An in-depth, multi-part investigative study, 'Playing with Fire' published by the Chicago Tribune has probed the toxic effects of flame retardants in the environment and the deceptive promotion of the use of flame retardants in baby products and many common household goods (furniture foam; plastic cabinets; computers and small appliance; consumer electronics; wire insulation; and back coatings for draperies and upholstery).
The study shows how the chemical and tobacco industry aligned with so... [More]