The 17-page report provides data on what the cost would be across the nation to remedy five identified shortcomings.
: The annual estimated cost of firefighter injuries is between $1.6 billion and $5.9 billion. This translates to an estimated cost per fire department that ranges from $50,000 to $200,000.
Unfortunately, there is very little discussion, compared with bunker gear coats and pants, on how to minimize the risks of carcinogens and other chemicals that create health hazards for firefighters.
This revision could be considered a cornerstone to much of what is happening in the world of reducing carcinogens and other harmful chemicals in the firefighting environment.
The use of a blocking vehicle makes total sense. It is an emergency responder life saver. Your department may have one. If not, explore ways of getting one.
The incidents of emergency response personnel and fire apparatus being struck while operating on the scene are well known. What is not known is how many of these (especially at nighttime) were caused by drivers being blinded by emergency lights.
Despite public perception, the type of duty deaths continues to reflect that firefighters are more likely to die doing something other than operating on the fireground.
No doubt you have heard about cancer-causing perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) being in the fabric of your turnout gear—even when it comes from the factory.
Embrace and encourage R&D. Science-based research reports can often be strong tools in justifying budget development.
This month will cover some of the positive potential changes emerging for NFPA 1901.