Washington — Bipartisan legislation to establish and maintain a voluntary registry intended to improve research into firefighters’ risks of cancer was passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on April 24.
Chantilly, VA — The theme of the 2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down is “Be Aware – Get Checked,” emphasizing the importance of annual medical evaluations and physicals for firefighters and emergency service workers, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council recently announced.
Emmitsburg, MD — Eighty-nine firefighters were killed on the job in 2016, compared with 90 in 2015 and 94 in 2014, according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s recently released annual report detailing on-duty firefighter fatalities.
Greenbelt, MD – Seeking to promote healthier eating habits among volunteer firefighters, emergency responders and their families, the National Volunteer Fire Council is collaborating on a study with researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Fairfax, VA – The International Association of Fire Chiefs has released a guide intended to help health care providers evaluate and treat firefighters, as well as to aid firefighters in managing their own health care.
Janesville, WI – Fire station alarms that gradually get louder can help reduce stress among firefighters, according to research from Mercy Health System’s Department of Emergency Medicine and Yale University School of Medicine.
Emmitsburg, MD – An estimated 66,200 firefighter were injured on the job from 2012 to 2014, and a vast majority (87 percent) of those injuries occurred in structure fires, according to data published in the August edition of the “Topical Fire Report Series” from the U.S. Fire Administration.
Washington – Members of Congress and several fire service organizations are supporting a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to create and maintain a voluntary registry for data on cancer occurrence among firefighters.
Greenbelt, MD – The National Volunteer Fire Council will use newly awarded grant money to create a “culture of knowledge and safety” among emergency service personnel and address emerging safety and health issues, the organization recently announced.