Free Online Course | Decontamination Techniques

Free Online Course | Decontamination Techniques

Wearing PPE properly is only one of many steps in helping to prevent illness and injury. In order to help reduce exposure to agents that can cause cancer and other serious diseases, firefighters must know decontamination techniques to assist in mitigating toxic substance contamination on their gear and bodies. In this course, we will identify recommended steps for safely removing PPE, performing on-scene gross decontamination, and the more involved process of PPE cleaning and decontamination at the station. This FireRescue1 Academy course is sponsored by Globe. Log in today and get started. Loading...
Free Online Course | Causes of Cancer in Firefighters

Free Online Course | Causes of Cancer in Firefighters

There are many cancer-causing agents firefighters will face on the fire ground, but there are also some hazards to be found at the fire station. In this course, we will examine the most common hazards found on the fire ground and at home, all of which can be the catalyst for the many cancers for which firefighters are at risk of developing. This FireRescue1 Academy course is sponsored by Globe. Log in today and get started. Loading...
Apply Now for New Turnouts through MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway Program

Apply Now for New Turnouts through MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway Program

Many volunteer departments are forced to make do with an inadequate amount of turnout gear or with worn-out, non-compliant gear they can’t afford to replace. That’s why MSA, DuPont, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are working together again in 2019 to distribute new turnout gear to volunteer fire departments through MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway Program. This annual program began in 2012 to help departments in need properly outfit their crew. To date, the program has delivered 455 sets to 95 departments. “The NVFC is excited to partner with MSA and DuPont again this year on our annual giveaway,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Proper turnouts are essential to ensure the safety of our boots on the ground, but many volunteer departments struggle to provide adequate protection to their firefighters. We are grateful to MSA and DuPont for their generosity in giving back to those who serve.” “MSA is pleased to continue this longstanding partnership with DuPont and the NVFC to provide advanced turnout gear to volunteer fire departments in need,” said Chief Operating Officer of MSA’s Globe firefighter protective apparel Tom Vetras. “For more than 100 years we’ve been dedicated to protecting those who protect us, so when there are first responders in need – we’re proud to be able to help.” “With DuPont’s continued focus on protecting firefighters, we are proud and humbled to partner alongside MSA and the NVFC on this much needed gear giveaway program,” said John Richard, vice president and general manager, DuPont™ Kevlar® and Nomex®. “Ensuring that these brave men and women are protected as they selflessly serve their communities is...
Intrinsic firefighter PPE safety: A new perspective

Intrinsic firefighter PPE safety: A new perspective

The fire service has been inundated with specific issues related to cancer-causing substances and practices for avoiding exposure to carcinogens and other harmful substances. This subject has taken several different directions, one of which is to look at the PPE itself as a potential source of chemicals that, over time, get into the firefighter’s body and contribute to long-term health problems. It has been our opinion that the real dangers of fireground exposure occur as a result of: Having contact with different substances through respiration (not wearing the SCBA all the time it is needed) Skin contact during emergency itself (problematic when dirty clothing is not removed after use or when showers are not taken after the fire event) The continued exposure to persistent contaminants that remain in unclean PPE (when firefighter clothing is not cleaned after fireground exposures) Nevertheless, allegations have been made with respect to certain substances leaching out from clothing components, evaporating from the clothing during use, or otherwise causing firefighter exposure. Understanding PPE as a chemical exposure threat is murky. While certain substances may or may not be present in turnout clothing, the extent to which they are present and more importantly, the manner in which they may present themselves as a hazard for exposure has not been fully determined. To date, there have not been any studies that definitively show the quantity of particular substances that comes out of the turnout clothing and gets into firefighters’ bodies by any route of exposure. This does not mean to say that this does not happen – the topic simply has not been studied adequately. This should not further imply that industry should just...
Free Online Course | Overview and Causes of Cancer in the Fire Service

Free Online Course | Overview and Causes of Cancer in the Fire Service

Many firefighters face hazards that are easily visible such as structural collapse, hazardous materials, and high heat environments, but it is the unseen hazards that are most dangerous to firefighters today. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concluded after recent studies that firefighters are experiencing a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths. In this course, we will explore the changing landscape of firefighting, the toxic substances firefighters are exposed to in the line of duty, and the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE). This FireRescue1 Academy course is sponsored by Globe. Log in today and get started. Loading...
Final Recipients Announced for 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway

Final Recipients Announced for 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway

Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council teamed up once again in 2018 to distribute 52 sets of turnout gear to 13 volunteer or mostly-volunteer fire departments. This annual program began in 2012 to provide departments in need with new turnouts to better protect their personnel. Shinbone Valley Fire and Rescue (Delta, AL) and the Barnsdall (OK) Rural Fire Department are the final 2018 gear recipients. Shinbone Valley Fire and Rescue (Delta, AL) Shinbone Valley Fire and Rescue has 16 volunteer firefighters. All are operating with turnout gear that is over 10 years old, which is not recommended according to national safety standards. The department responds to multiple calls a year, including mutual and automatic aid. Calls coupled with monthly training exercises and a yearly visit to the Alabama Fire College has left their expired gear very worn, which puts their members at risk. Volunteers do their best to use their oldest and most worn gear for training exercises to preserve the newer sets for structure fires and vehicle incidents. The department actively fundraises to keep up with operation costs but has found it difficult to purchase new gear to ensure the safety of their responders. “Receiving this gear gives peace of mind to our firefighters and the people we serve,” said Assistant Chief Travis Strickland. “Thank you to Globe and the NVFC for this donation. Your help goes a long way with our community and our department.” Barnsdall (OK) Rural Fire Department Barnsdall Rural Fire Department serves over 1,100 residences across 122 square miles. Barnsdall is a rural location with an abundance of ranchland...