Firefighting was crowned most-stressful job; understanding what makes it so is key to reducing that stress
FireRescue1.com - When I read the recent article that declared firefighting to be the most stressful job in the United States, I remembered a conversation I had long ago with a friend who was a paramedic with the private ambulance service in town.
We were talking about stress, and he said, "I don't know why everyone always talks about going on calls as being stressful. That's the fun part of the job. Dealing with company managers, that's the stressful part of the job."
He was only partly kidding. Of course there are emergency calls that cause stress for first responders. All firefighters have at least one story about a call that really got to them. But firefighters are also often in a better position to deal with that kind of job stress as they have a built-in support group among their crew, where they can talk things out, make rude jokes, and find ways to move on.
This is not to say that firefighters don't suffer from stress. They do, but the sources of stress go far beyond just the occasional disturbing emergency response.
Based on years of working with fire departments across the country and many hours of conversation with firefighters of all ranks, I offer a list of some of the other sources of stress firefighters face. read more...
Rescue9photography.com - Waterbury firefighters responded to Thomaston avenue just after 1:00PM on Saturday, February 28th for a reported structure fire. Engine's 6, 7, 8, Rescue Engine 1, Trucks 1, 2, Car 5 and Battalion 2 were dispatched and while enroute saw a large header of smoke that could be seen from all over the city. On arrival the crew on Rescue Engine 1 reported heavy smoke showing from the third floor of a three story wood multiple family dwelling. Car 5 immediately called for an additional engine company (Engine 2) to assist crews.
Firefighters used ladder trucks to gain access to the third floor and roof area. While ventilation and a search of the building for occupants was underway, three lines were stretched into the structure to fight the fire.
All occupants were accounted for and it took firefighters about an hour to bring the blaze under control. This would be the fourth fire in just over a week for the firefighters in the brass city. The fire is under investigation by the fire marshal. see more photos...
WTNH.com - Firefighters wear hoods that are meant to protect them in fires, but these tools could be hurting crews long after the flames are out. “Unfortunately, our culture was the more soot you had on you, it was almost a badge of honor,” said retired Waterbury firefighter Dan Huften. He says his white firefighter hood would often turn black. Huften retired from the Waterbury Fire Department from a back injury and was then diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. read more...
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Eye safety is important on every EMS response
EMS1.com - Eye protection is essential PPE for EMS providers to protect against disabling eye injury. Nearly 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in the United States. EMS providers are at risk of eye contamination or injury from blood and other body fluids, fine and large particulates, splashes from liquid medications and other chemicals, and other forms of blunt or penetrating trauma. According to NIOSH, even minor eye injuries can lead to lifelong vision problems. read more...
Hoarding and fire safety
NFPA.org - Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior. The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to firefighters fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to residents and neighbors. Often, the local fire department will be contacted to help deal with this serious issue. Since studies suggest that between three and five percent of the population are compulsive hoarders, fire departments must become familiar with this issue and how to effectively handle it. read more...
Stunning photos from inside blazing wildfires
Flickr.com - For the native of Boise, Idaho, working in the midst of a burning wildfire is just another day at office. As a wildland fire photographer, Kari Greer has traveled across the country documenting unbelievable blazes and the men and women who dedicate their lives to fighting them every day. read more...
Officials concerned about spring fire danger
Marshfieldnewsherald.com - After wet springs cut down on wildfires the past two years, central Wisconsin firefighting officials are concerned this spring might be a problem. There wasn't enough snow this winter to knock down the tall grasses in the marshes, Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor said. There still is frost in the ground and a smattering of snow in the woods, but, depending on the amount of rain the next few weeks, things could quickly dry out. "This year is going to be a very interesting year to watch," Minor said. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources raised the fire danger level in the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Protection Area, which includes the southern part of Wood County, all of Portage, Adams and Juneau counties and parts of Marathon County, to moderate on Thursday. read more...
Fire destroys 3,000 hectares of forest
Daily Nation - Nearly 3,000 hectares of forests in Rift Valley have been destroyed by fire in the past three weeks. Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Acting Director Emilio Mugo said the fires could be sabotage by people who want to settle in government forests. He also blamed people who had been arrested for illegal logging, those banned from logging and former squatters, for the destruction of the 2,800 hectares of forests. read more...
SPANISH FORK UTAH CHILD RESCUED AFTER 14 HOUR MVR INTO RIVER
WARNING: video contains graphic imagery and profanity
Daily Herald - Police have released body-camera footage that shows the frantic rescue of an 18-month-old Utah girl from a car that had crashed into a frigid river 14 hours earlier. The dramatic video from emergency responders' cameras, released Friday, shows them discovering Lynn Groesbeck, 25, of Springville dead in the front seat, then finding her daughter, Lily Groesbeck, in the back seat. "There's a baby!" a responder is heard saying as he directs crews to rescue her. "We're helping, we're coming," a rescuer says at another point. A firefighter then pulls out what appears to be a lifeless girl, who had been strapped in a car seat upside down for 14 hours. read more...
Boston.cbslocal.com - Firefighters rescued a dog trapped on the ice on the Charles River Sunday morning. Wellesley police said the golden doodle was stuck in the area behind Livingston Road.
“Cooper” the dog is OK and no one was hurt in the rescue, police said. The rescue operation took more than 30 minutes.“Cooper” the dog is OK and no one was hurt in the rescue, police said. The rescue operation took more than 30 minutes. The biggest challenge to rescuing Cooper was getting to the exhausted dog because there wasn’t clear access to him. Police used GPS to locate the owner from his cell phone. The dog went missing on Saturday, and his distraught family made flyers, police said. One of the first people to see the flyers said they saw Cooper on the ice. read more...
Amherst Fire Department trains UMass students in auxiliary force
Daily Collegian - Reed Allen was on a stretcher in an ambulance, hooked up to a pulse oximeter – a device used to track a patient’s heart rate. Around him, students learn about the proper response procedures to emergency cardiac situations.
“When stuff goes downhill, they call us,” said Allen, a University of Massachusetts senior studying public health who also works as an Emergency Medical Technician in Springfield. He is with the Amherst Fire Department’s North Station, home of Engine Company 3, an auxiliary force of the department that is composed entirely of UMass student volunteers. read more...
WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Tabletop Exercise Series 2015
WRHSAC.org - The WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Exercise Series 2015 will bring together the four counties of western Massachusetts to improve preparedness for and response to a terrorist threat. Four tabletop exercises will be held, one in each county.
Save the date for your county:
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) Office of Infrastructure (IP) Sector Outreach and Program Division (SOPD) is planning and facilitating the exercise series. A planning group consisting of first responders from multiple disciplines throughout western Massachusetts, MEMA, MSP, Regional Hazmat Response Team, Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team, DPH, FBI, Pan Am and CSX Railroads and others have been working with DHS to develop the exercise scenario, goals and objectives. read more...
What to do if someone is having a panic attack
Upworthy.com - Scientists think they've figured out what gene causes it (3:15), and that's pretty exciting. But you may want to jump in when they talk about the symptoms of a panic attack (7:00) and some of the theories around why they occur (13:00). Don't leave until you've heard what family and friends should do if a loved one has a panic attack (19:00) and what the treatment options are (21:40). read more...
Powdered Alcohol, or Palcohol, Approved for Sale
TIME.com - According to the Associated Press, the four Palcohol products that have been approved for sale by federal agencies are powdered, just-add-water versions of a cosmopolitan and a margarita (dubbed the “Powderita”), as well as plain old vodka and rum. A Lemon Drop powder is supposed to be approved soon as well. read more...
Tylenol Maker Admits to Selling Medicine Contaminated with Metal
TIME.com A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary will pay $25 million after pleading guilty to a federal crime of selling liquid medicine contaminated with metal. read more...
FDNY firefighters struck by flying manhole cover in Brooklyn
STATter911.com - Three FDNY firefighters were hurt after an explosion sent a manhole cover flying in Brooklyn. At least 14 explosions sent manhole covers flying across the borough. There were no injuries in 13 of them. read more...
The FDNY Welcomes First Female Chaplain, Rev. Ann Kansfield
NYC.gov - Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro swore in Rev. Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn as the first-ever female FDNY Chaplain on March 3. read more...
FDNY Rescue Company 1 Celebrates 100 Years Of Service To NYC
NewYork.cbslocal.com - The FDNY celebrated 100 years of dedicated service by Rescue Company 1 on Sunday. The Manhattan-based company was organized on March 8, 1915. It’s now one of five rescue companies that respond when there is a need for specialized equipment and training.
Rescue 1 Capt. Robert Morris told 1010 WINS the fire department held a company party to celebrate the milestone. read more...
Recruit with anti-semitic puppet video loses job
FireRescue1.com - A fire recruit was fired after posting a video to YouTube containing offensive remarks. 13WHAM reported that the recruit was fired by the Rochester New York Fire Department after officials received information about the video. read more...
Paramedic’s selfies with patients posted to Instagram
STATter911.com - Clearly we don’t have a monopoly on Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome (SMACSS) in the United States. The lure of sharing images and status updates that can get you canned is universal. Yesterday (Monday) we told you about a firefighter recruit in Rochester, New York who lost his job over an off-duty video with an anti-Semitic puppet. Today it’s a paramedic from Russia who is out of a job with some on-duty pictures. read more...
Firefighter accused of leaving baby home alone while responding to fire call
KETV.com - A 28-year-old firefighter in Thurman, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, accused of leaving his baby home while responding to a fire call Monday. "I know it's important for us to have volunteers in our fire department, and they serve and protect," Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said. "But you can't put your one-year-old in danger for that to happen." read more...