Safety & Health Week Quiz Winners
Thanks to everyone for taking the quiz co-sponsored by the NFPA. Winners are posted here: http://www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz
Safety & Health Week Webinars Now Available For Download
Eliminating LODDs in Fire Service Training
Allan Rice, Executive Director, Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission, and President, North American Fire Training Directors
Jeffery Segal, Assistant Chief, Safety and Member Services, Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department
This webinar takes a close look at how to keep firefighters safe during training drills – specifically, eliminating line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) altogether. Specific case studies will be examined, including a recent incident with the Baltimore City Fire Department. The goal is to focus on lessons learned from the incidents to prevent them from happening in the future. The North American Fire Training Directors’ new Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training will also be introduced.
Implementing a Successful Training Program for Today’s Fire Service
Chief Jeff Cash, Cherryville (NC) Fire Department
Chief Jake Rhoades, Edmond (OK) Fire Department
This webinar discussed two important aspects of training – establishing successful Junior Firefighter Programs to help instill strong safety attitudes early, and the importance of using programs like Near Miss within curriculum for more realistic and comprehensive training that focuses on the department’s mission. Every department, especially rural and smaller ones, can benefit from a reexamination of their training ground programs to improve the knowledge and skills of current and future firefighters.
International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC Health, Safety, and Training Committee and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations as well as health and safety-related organizations and agencies.
The 2014 event will take place from June 15-21. Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety and Health Week in order to focus on safety and health training and education. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and duty crew can participate.
Find additional tools, resources, and planning materials to participate in Safety and Health Week at www.safetyandhealthweek.org.
The NIOSH Division of Safety Research has released a new website entitled Fire Fighter Fatality Map. Developed to increase awareness of fire fighter deaths and to provide quick access to up-to-date fire fighter fatality information, the site combines fire fighter fatality case information from the USFA with information about NIOSH fire fighter fatality investigations. Links to NIOSH reports for fatalities that have been investigated through the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) are included.
This is the final report from the NIOSH study evaluating dermal exposures and biological uptake of polycyclic and other aromatic hydrocarbons in firefighters. NIOSH also measured air concentrations of various contaminants inside burn structures and off-gassing from turnout gear.FF Dermal Study 2010-0156-3196
Fairfax, Va., Dec. 3, 2013- IAFC members should take note that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Respirators User Notice stating that an error was made during recent testing of SCBA that calls into questions the ability of some SCBA to meet NIOSH and NFPA standards for protection against chemical warfare agents.
The NIOSH notice states that agents used in testing from July 2012 through October 2013 were less than that required by NIOSH test procedures and therefore SCBA cannot be validated as in compliance with the CBRN standards until retesting is completed.
NIOSH is working with both SCBA manufactures and NFPA to address the issue.
The IAFC recommends that its members review the NIOSH Respirators User Notice.
The IAFC and the SHS Section’s position is that every firefighter receive an annual medical examination, and that this examination follow as closely as possible the guidance of NFPA 1582. Chiefs have an obligation to find funding sources and develop creative strategies to ensure the safety of their personnel. A Fire Department’s Guide to Implementing NFPA 1582 (NPFA 1582_FINAL) is designed to support that responsibility. The SHSS compiled this guide and sample documents to assist with the development and implementation of an annual medical evaluation program in your department.
Given the latest research in fire dynamics and the potential impact on firefighter
safety, the ISFSI board of directors unanimously releases this position
statement. The ISFSI encourages all fire departments to incorporate the fire
dynamics research into their tactical operations through any and all means
Will your family be entitled to federal, state, and local benefits as survivors of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty while off-duty? This is an incredibly difficult question with no easy answers. In an effort to assist Fire Chiefs, the SHS Section has produced this guide. Review the white paper and above all else, do some research into your own jurisdiction’s policies concerning this issue. The time to find out is NOT after you have a fatality.