Electricity does not discriminate against anyone and it kills. Downed power lines are a common hazard found at many vehicle accidents, structure fires or the after affects of bad weather. No matter where you are responding to in your department, you will encounter this hazard eventually.

The hidden danger in downed power lines is the electricity itself – we cannot visibly see it. We can see the effects of it, (e.g., sparking or arching), but a downed power line or a hanging power line does not reveal its current. What we do see is the actual power line lying on the ground – this is the warning signal. Read More...

ORLEANS — When people call 911 they expect a rapid response, but when the Orleans Fire Department recently sent out the call for a new paramedic the response was anything but rapid.

It had to re-advertise the position and now has interviews set up, but that was a first, and it alarmed Chief Anthony Pike.

"Whether that's an indication of the housing market or the state of the economy I don't know, but never in Orleans have we not had our pick of applicants," Pike said. "We're nowhere near where we normally are." Read More...

During my career, reviving unconscious drug users has unfortunately become as routine as treating hypoglycemic diabetics.

But with the recent spike in overdoses related to fentanyl, a new fear is on the rise; one fueled by news stories like the police officer who instantly fell unconscious after brushing a small amount of powdered fentanyl from his uniform.

Many physicians have come out against the heightened sense of danger created by this story, believing that the threat of accidental overdose for first responders during routine operations is minimal. Read More...

At the Jack Daniel Distillery, some of the same people who make Jack Fire also volunteer to protect it as members of the Jack Daniel’s Fire Department. This is the story of Firehouse No. 7 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNMC6voQG3w

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Agencies should suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 16-22

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) announced the 2019 Safety Stand Down theme today. This year’s “Reduce Your Exposure: It’s Everybody’s Responsibility” campaign will take place June 16-22, focusing on increasing understanding of occupational cancer risks and implementing recommendations in the Lavender Ribbon Report, developed by the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the NVFC.

Firefighters face many health risks, but cancer has emerged as one of the most prominent concerns. Safety Stand Down resources and materials emphasize the importance of firefighters educating themselves, their physicians, and their coworkers about job-related risks; point first responders to the latest information on exposure to carcinogens, including how to limit exposure; and provide best practices and resources regarding reducing the risk of cancer to firefighters. This important initiative encourages everyone to refresh their techniques and learn new skills based on recent research and proactive protocol. Firefighters have a responsibility to protect themselves, their coworkers, and the public from the cancerous byproducts of fire, and this year’s Safety Stand Down provides tools and information to help reduce line-of-duty deaths and critical illness. 

Agencies across the country are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 16-22 in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and personnel can participate. Topic information, resources, training downloads, and videos are available at www.safetystanddown.org, the official web site for the Safety Stand Down event.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a Safety Stand Down partner, will once again host the Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz to generate greater awareness of first responder health and wellness issues. Everyone who completes the online quiz will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes, with 200 randomly selected participants winning a specially designed commemorative Safety Stand Down challenge coin.

The Safety Stand Down is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations, including the NFPA.


About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous response, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally, and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.