The fire service continues to drive the movement for science-based research to better understand how the fire environment, firefighting PPE, and fire department practices can impact firefighters’ risks. During this recently held webcast, Gavin Horn, PhD, shares some of the latest firefighter research on contamination control along with lessons learned from ongoing efforts to implement some of these practices. Commonly asked questions and a few tips on how to implement best practices are discussed in the context of the scientific background and fireground execution.
Researching and specifying new turnout gear for your department may seem like an arduous task given all the choices of materials and styles available today. That’s why we offer an easy 5-step process to help you learn the basics and get started.
There are ways to mitigate the risks of exposure firefighters face in the field. Although it is an outcome we want to avoid at all costs, there may come a time when a firefighter will be diagnosed with cancer as a result of occupational hazards.
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.
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.
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).