When it comes to the demanding role of a firefighter, the choice of structural firefighting boots can be the determining factor between a severe injury and emerging unscathed in the line of duty. Boots certified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971 undergo rigorous testing,
Structural firefighting gloves are a lifeline, offering vital protection in the midst of fiery hazards. NFPA 1971 certified structural gloves must shield against burns, abrasions, and hazardous substances, ensuring your safety during interior fire calls. Not all firefighting roles are identical,
In the world of firefighting, sleep is a valuable but often overlooked commodity. The demands of this noble profession often require working long shifts with irregular sleep patterns, leading to sleep deprivation. Firefighting is an incredibly stressful job and the physical toll a career in the
When it comes to technical rescue firefighting gloves, cut-resistant levels are a helpful way to categorize the toughness of the materials and their ability to withstand contact with blades. In 2016, American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification (ANSI) revised their cut resistance
The role of the fire department has expanded significantly over the years. While firefighting and property protection remain a crucial part of their responsibilities, many fire departments now provide a much wider range of emergency services, including technical rescue services.
The stigma of mental health services prevents some firefighters from seeking the help they need – it’s time to put pride aside and embrace an open dialogue.
This article first appeared in International Fire Fighter.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of heart disease and is the leading cause of death for all Americans-not just first responders.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2021, there were 31 sudden cardiac deaths while the firefighter was on duty,
Turnout Breathability & Heat Stress
As a firefighter, you're more exposed to heat stress than the general public. To reduce this risk, your body self-regulates its core temperature through evaporation of sweat. Suiting up in turnouts can hinder this process so it's vital that your sweat has an exit
*Adjust accordingly to best suit unique incident or department’s protocol
What is Fatigue?
Medical emergencies require quick responses during all hours of the day. As a firefighter or emergency medical services (EMS) professional, staying alert to respond to every call can cause negative effects on your mind and body. Fatigue is a serious problem among public safety