Safety & Health

A therapist needs to understand this lifestyle and respect what it means to the client.  Ride-alongs are a good start to understanding the tasks of a first responder’s job.
Safety & Health

Using two Near-Miss Reports related to health issues—one that focuses on how a stress test saved a life, and another that focuses on the early diagnosis of cancer—Deputy Chief John Tippett explains the huge benefits of annual physical exams, and offers advice for how to get a health-screening program off the ground at your department.
Safety & Health

To feel true ownership of PPE ensembles, firefighters customize them to fit their needs and/or department traditions. But as Bobby Finn explains, although there are many ways to personalize PPE and many considerations to make, any change must adhere to NFPA safety guidelines.
Safety & Health

After a reader write in to tell him about his personal experience telling his chief that he had been diagnosed with cancer, Nozzlehead addresses how chiefs should behave when learning something so significant, champions the work of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, and offers advice for how firefighters can go about getting the information they need about their health-related benefits so they aren’t unprepared in case the worst happens.
Safety & Health

Firefighting is an intense, physically demanding job. But to do it well, firefighters must maintain their cardiovascular fitness. One way to do this is through interval runs. As Monte Egherman explains, these types of runs can be customized to suit firefighters of varying fitness levels, and they mimic firefighting activity patterns to better prepare firefighters for the demands of the fireground. Egherman also describes a basic interval run for both beginners and more advanced participants.
Safety & Health

Five factors have been identified as contributing to firefighter fatalities. Chief Danny Kistner looks at two of these factors—the lack of incident command systems and the lack of thorough risk assessments—to show the impact they have on safe fireground operations.
Safety & Health

Using two reports from the National Fire Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System, John Tippett shows how command presence can "make it or break it" on the fireground.