The September issue of Firehouse Magazine features the 2018 Fire Service Health and Safety Report. This 32-page supplement emphasizes the value of a progressive, safety-focused fire service culture, and provides information and resources to help firefighters implement the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. 

The Philadelphia Fire Department is one of the organizations “Making a Difference” with its efforts to improve health and fitness, along with enhancing firefighter and officer development. Additionally, the report looks at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s new partnership with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to reinforce pertinent messages about risk management, wellness and safety. Read More...

There are over 800,000 volunteer firefighters in the United States that make up 70 percent of all firefighters. Volunteer firefighters may have long periods with little physical activity, interrupted by response calls that place very high demands on their cardiovascular fitness.

There’s no clear agreement on whether strength, aerobic or some combination of training is most beneficial to reducing cardiovascular risk. A 2012 study (abstract) did suggest that combination training was better for cardiovascular health than aerobic or strength training, but accurate measurements of improved cardiovascular health from exercise have until now not been made. Read More...

As a fire chief, how would you want a member of your community to respond when asked what they think of your department or agency?

Most likely, you would want to hear something positive or constructive. But what if the feedback you're receiving isn't exactly accurate?

In their presentation at the International Association of Fire Chief's Fire-Rescue International conference in August, Chiefs John Binaski and Michael Despain will discuss how fire and EMS departments can present data that's easily and quickly understood by elected officials, the media and the community at-large. Their seminar, “Measuring and reporting your agency's real value to the community,” will be held August 8. Read More...