HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Braving dangerous conditions and temperatures that can surpass 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, firefighters need gear that can protect them, but research from a group of students from the University of Hawaii found that their current suits could be harmful. Under layers of protective gear, firefighters are able to go into some of the...Read More
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, has filed legislation to provide all Oklahoma firefighters with free coverage for annual comprehensive cancer screenings. In this legislative session, the bill will be referred to as House Bill 3573, but Pae calls it the “Fighting Chance for Firefighters Act.” The bill, if passed, could make quite an...Read More
All, A collision involving a New Haven FD vehicle and a Honda Accord left one driver dead Saturday evening in Connecticut. An NHFD SUV was driving west when the Honda Accord “swerved over the doubled line into the lane occupied by the SUV,” hitting the SUV head-on. Due to a medical emergency, the fire officials involved...Read More
BOSTON (SOA) — January is Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. The World Health Organization recently designated the job of firefighting as a carcinogen, putting it in the same category of risk as cigarettes. With young firefighters facing devastating diagnoses, we discovered failing protections, both in the gear they wear and in the insurance coverage for life-saving early screening. A...Read More
Video series debuts as part of Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month Firefighter occupational cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty death in the fire service. Unfortunately, many firefighters and their loved ones are still unaware of their level of risk and the best ways to prevent exposure to cancer-causing toxins. Wake County Fire Services and Emergency...Read More
The report on Burlington (CT) Firefighter Colin McFadden’s death points at early cancer screenings, timely communication about follow-up exams. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended better communication about medical matters, including with young firefighters, in the wake of the death of a 26-year-old volunteer from Burlington who collapsed while battling a fire in...Read More
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