Test your community’s knowledge with the Fire Prevention Week Quiz

NFPA - Safety Source - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 07:09
Put your community’s fire safety I.Q. to the test this Fire Prevention Week in a fun way with the Fire Prevention Week quiz. The true/false-multiple choice quiz tests knowledge on smoke alarms, extinguishing a fire, home fire escape planning, and
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Canada has a new Regional Education Specialist

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 22:53
To achieve broader outreach and deeper penetration of fire-and-life-safety messaging, the NFPA hired three regional education specialists to help communities with their public-education programs; these specialists have been in place since 2015 and their
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Michigan Takes a Time-Out to Talk About Community Risk Reduction

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:02
  In his first few months as the State Fire Marshal for the State of Michigan, Kevin Sehlmeyer prioritized a Community Risk Reduction approach as one of his first goals in order to tackle and largely reduce the fire death rate in his state. 
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Taking Care of Ourselves

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 08:54

Adopting a practical approach to reducing firefighter cancer

Read the full article and video here.


Personal accountability, situational awareness, education and strong leadership are familiar concepts in the fire service for reducing line-of-duty deaths. On the second day of the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium, these same themes recurred during presentations, workshops and discussions for preventing the incidence of cancer among firefighters.

Since 1990, the Boston Fire Department has experienced 199 cancer-related deaths, Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn told the audience. In May of this year, three more firefighters were diagnosed with the disease and he approved presumptive disability claims for five others due to their cancer. Adopting a proactive approach to preventing cancer has become his mission.

“I hit them on the personal accountability level. Our lieutenants, captains and chiefs aren’t baby sitters. This job comes with a level of personal responsibility,” he explained. “Just because the guy next to you isn’t wearing his mask doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. You need to think about your loved ones – wife, husband, children, boyfriend or girlfriend – before you take that mask off.”
Deputy Chief Bryan Frieders, of the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department and President of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, called on attendees to take a stand against improper practices and unhealthy behaviors when they see it, from diesel exhaust capture systems that aren’t connected to using tobacco products.

“It’s time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” said Frieders. “This is a leadership issue from the rookie firefighter all the way to the seasoned chief. It takes every single person to be part of this, to make the coalition stand. We will not tolerate this bad behavior, this indiscretion that we know is killing us. Are you ready for that?”
Understanding the unique dangers of fuel loads that occur in modern fires can help firefighters take precautions against toxic exposures. Dan Madrzykowski, a research engineer with UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, illustrated the stark contrasts between fires in homes of today and those of 30 years ago. The polystyrene and other synthetic materials used in everything from furniture stuffing and upholstery to tables and cement board burns far faster, hotter and produces more toxic vapors than the wooden furniture with cotton and wool upholstery.

In side-by-side videos of burning traditional and contemporary couches, Madrzykowski noted that the contemporary couch began to drip and puddle within minutes of ignition. “If this were on a highway, we’d call for HAZMAT but because it’s in a house it’s what we expect,” he said.

While furnishings, fabrics and building materials and designs aren’t going to change, knowing strategies for how to battle these fires, as well as steps to take to decontaminate afterwards, can help reduce exposure to carcinogens.

Chief Charles Hood, of the San Antonio Fire Department, shared some of his personal experiences about the deaths due to cancer of three firefighters from his department, as well as the cancer-related deaths of many others from his days with Phoenix Fire Department.

“Cancer is something we must take personally,” he said. “As a fire chief, I don’t have a lot of control over what happens when my members get sick. What I can do is love those family members who have lost their firefighter.”
His call to action to everyone attending the symposium was clear: “It is up to you to walk out of this room and take this passion back with you to make things better. We have a long way to go, but the cup is half full because of your commitment.”

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Nevada issues Fire Prevention Week proclamation

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:03
The state of Nevada has issued a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week. Governor Brian Sandoval has signed the proclamation, which will be housed on the state website. Issuing a proclamation on the municipal or state level is an excellent way to shine
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Taking Care of Ourselves

Everyone Goes Home - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 16:35

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:09

A Duke University EMS helicopter has crashed in Perquimans County (North Carolina) leaving 4 dead. It went down around 1145 hours this morning in an area of Swamp Road and Sandy Cross Road. The crash area is in the northeastern area of North Carolina.

Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace. More to follow.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

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OSHA Signs Alliance to Promote Worker Safety and Health

OSHA - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:00
Sept. 8, 2017 OSHA Signs Alliance to Promote Worker Safety and Health
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OSHA Renews Alliance to Provide Training to Young Workers

OSHA - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:00
Sept. 8, 2017 OSHA Renews Alliance to Provide Training to Young Workers
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:40

Seven first responders injured after explosions at the troubled Arkema chemical plant in Crosby are now suing the company for at least $1 million in damages.

On Thursday, barely a week after the first blast of decomposing chemicals rocked the small town, Houston lawyers Kimberley Spurlock and Misty Hataway-Cone launched a legal battle in Harris County court, accusing Arkema of gross negligence.

Despite past flooding events and advance notice of the impending destruction of Hurricane Harvey, Arkema “ignored the foreseeable consequences of failing to prepare,” the suit claims, leaving trailers of volatile chemicals susceptible to explosion after flooding knocked out the electricity and ability to cool the heat-sensitive compounds.

The first of nine trailers of organic peroxides exploded early on the morning of Aug. 31, landing a number of first responders in the hospital following exposure to fumes from the chemicals, which ignited and left a 40-foot plume of black smoke that officials later compared to a campfire.

“Although the explosions had occurred, no one from Arkema alerted the first responders who were manning the perimeter of the arbitrary mandatory evacuation area,” lawyers said Thursday in a press release. “Immediately upon being exposed to the fumes from the explosions, and one by one, the police officers and first responders began to fall ill in the middle of the road.”

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene, and were overcome by fumes before even exiting their vehicles, lawyers allege.

“The scene was nothing less than chaos,” the lawsuit claims. “Police officers were doubled over vomiting, unable to breathe.”

The seven first responders at the center of the new legal action were all on scene for “that chaos and those toxic fumes,” according to legal papers. Fifteen Harris County deputies and eight EMS personnel, including Crosby’s EMS chief, were hospitalized due to exposure to the fumes.

The legal claim specifically calls out company officials Richard Rowe and Richard Rennard for holding press conferences at which they “repeatedly denied that the chemicals were toxic or harmful in any manner,” the lawyers write. “Plaintiffs relied upon these representations and suffered serious bodily injury as a result.”

Twenty homeowners also asked to be added to the suit according to the lawyers. The Crosby residents claimed to have seen balls of tar fall in their yards and some claimed a tar-like substance covered their roofs after the explosions.

The suit also asks for a temporary restraining preventing Arkema from destroying photos, documents and records relating to the chemical behind the fire.

The Chemical Safety Board announced on Aug. 31 it would be investigating the Arkema explosion. In a statement from board chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland, one aspect of that investigation would be the implications for emergency response efforts.

An Arkema spokeswoman Thursday afternoon promised the company would release a statement later in the day.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:39

Two firefighters were killed in an operation on the Autobahn 2 in Brandenburg deadly. The helpers were called at an early Tuesday morning to an accident near Brandenburg on the Havel, as the police communicated.A semitrailer train hit a fire car accident at the accident site. This turned around its own axis, tipped over and buried the two firemen among themselves. The 23-year-old and his 38-year-old colleague still died at the accident site. The truck driver was injured.

The emergency personnel were first called to an accident with a small carrier. The driver had ridden the transporter onto a semitrailer, was pinched and severely injured. For the rescue operations, the police and fire brigade blocked the right and the middle lane.

About an hour after the first accident, a 55-year-old truck driver wanted to pass the left-hand lane at the accident site. For still unsettled cause he caught with his truck a police car, which stood for securing on the middle track. The semitrailer came to sway and bounced against the fire-weaving car. It tipped over and buried the two men under him.

“I can not put myself in the situation of the comrades, who had to see what happened with their comrades,” said the layer leader of the Brandenburger professional fire brigade. The forces, which were in use, were replaced and supervised by pastoral caretakers.

Since the second accident, the motorway has been blocked between the Brandenburg and Netzen junctions in the direction of Berlin. The rescue work should continue until 1 pm.

In the morning hours, there were miles of traffic jams. As the suspension was to continue for several hours, cars were returned to the last exit. An expert was on site and took the investigation into the cause of the accident.

Flags at half-mast

On public buildings the flags were set half-mast on Tuesday. “It is a tragedy that is difficult to grasp for me,” emphasized Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD). “They wanted to save lives, they themselves were killed.” That made him infinitely sad. At the Landesfeuerfeuerwehrschule in Eisenhüttenstadt (Märkisch-Oderland) was conceived with a silence minutes of the dead comrades.

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Campus fire safety: turning off appliances reduces fire risk

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:05
September is Campus Fire Safety Month and NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) are working together to help raise awareness of the dangers of fires among college-aged students who live in on- and off-campus housing.   During this
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OSHA Finds Machine-Guarding, Noise Violations at Florida Bakery

OSHA - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:00
Sept. 7, 2017 OSHA Finds Machine-Guarding, Noise Violations at Florida BakeryHometown Foods USA Faces $129,000 in Proposed Penalties
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NFPA has the tools you’ll need for National Preparedness Month

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:07
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), when we focus on taking steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools, and communities. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities
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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:45

A Baltimore County fire lieutenant was injured after being hit by a vehicle during the “Fill the Boot” charitable fundraising drive.

Authorities say this happened just after 11:15 a.m. Sunday, near Rossville Boulevard and Pulaski Highway.

Firefighters were out collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill the Boot’ campaign, when the fire lieutenant was struck by a vehicle. The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

No further details have been released about the wreck.

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating the crash.

The “Fill the Boot” campaign will continue, though the fire chief reminds personnel to be safe while collecting

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:31

A Nashville Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized after battling a blaze at a home near Percy Priest Lake early Tuesday morning.

No one was inside the home on Timber Ridge Drive when it caught fire. Half of the house was destroyed.

(For more updates on this story and free news alerts for your neighborhood, sign up for your local Middle Tennessee Patch morning newsletter.)

The firefighter was taken to the hospital after he experienced problems with his breathing mask. He is expected to fully recover.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:40

The top floor of a Worcester three-family home was destroyed by a fire on Labor Day.

Firefighters responded to a call around 4 p.m. for active flames at a building on Farwell Street.

Officials said heavy smoke poured from the top floor of the building, with winds adding intensity to the fire and causing it to spread.

At one point, a firefighter got trapped on the roof while battling the flames. “We were trying to get a hole in the roof because the fire had already got up into the attic,” Deputy Fire Chief John Sullivan said. “One of our firefighters got separated from the ladder and fire engulfed that ladder.”

Sullivan said they were able to deploy another ladder to get the firefighter out safely without injury.

All the occupants made it out of the home safely, but one person was seen being taken away in a stretcher.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 07:16

Authorities say four people, including two firefighters, have been hurt in an apartment fire in Clifton Heights, Delaware County.

The blaze broke out before 8:30 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of North Sycamore Avenue.

Video from Chopper 6 HD showed flames and thick smoke coming from the roof of one section of the three-story complex.

More than a dozen residents were seen standing outside a number of adjacent units.

Police tell Action News two people, a teenager and an adult, were hurt escaping the fire.

Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

In addition, two firefighters were treated for injuries also described as non-life-threatening.

ction News is told two children were dropped from windows into the arms of rescuers on the scene.

Neither child was hurt.

Fire officials believe the fire was sparked by a young child playing with a lighter found underneath a bed in one of the units.

A full investigation continues.

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