“Exposure reduction controls” will impact operations, personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment, apparatus, fire station design, and budgets.
In this month’s column, I am presenting thoughts on how to handle contaminated equipment from a vehicle perspective.
A lower percentage of firefighters die from the actual on-scene firefighting (structural collapse, asphyxiation, burned) than ever before. In fact, there is a trend of fewer “traditional” LODDs over the past 40 years. However, if one factors in death by cancer and suicide, the number of firefighter deaths is startling.
In addition to hearing him speak at various conferences, I was privileged to participate in a couple dozen small group settings that allowed me to observe and absorb the brilliance of Alan Brunacini.
Robert Tutterow breaks down why it’s time for the fire service to consider taking SCBA out of the cab.
Robert Tutterow reviews some ways firefighters are exposed to carcinogens by carrying them in the fire apparatus they use to go to and from the scene of a fire.
Many of you are aware of the recent talk of perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOAs) causing cancer among firefighters. The talk has basically been in the social media circles.
Full disclosure: I am not a big fan of how most of the North American fire and emergency services provide personal protection from the neck up.
For the most part hose dryers, drying racks, and washing went away with the demise of cotton jacket hose. However, there could be a renaissance of this practice in the North American fire service.
They might be among the worst of the worst - snake oil salespeople trying to capitalize on the cancer epidemic among firefighters.