FDSOA Certifies Phoenix as Regional Training Center

– During its annual Safety Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) announced the Phoenix Fire Department is an Official Regional Training and Certification Center for Incident Safety Officers within the Phoenix Regional Automatic Aid System. READ

2015 National Fire Service Research Agenda Released

– There are many critical health and safety issues that need to be addressed in the fire service, but limited resources make this an ongoing challenge. To help prioritize the topics that deserve new and continued examination, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted representatives of the fire service and research communities for the 2015 National Fire Service Research Symposium.  READ


Sounding-off About Saving Lives

– Currently, only Maryland and California have state-wide sprinkler mandates in new one and two-family homes. But a bill introduced in Maryland to repeal the law in 2016 may gain traction. If passed, other states could refrain from enacting sprinkler laws.  READ


The shortest route to fewer firefighter deaths is through the heart

– Recently, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted “Heart to Heart,” a two-day conference that brought together leading researchers in the area of firefighter health and fitness, fire service leaders, physicians and advocates to discuss strategies for helping firefighters embrace a healthier lifestyle. The goal is to lose fewer firefighters each year due to heart attacks. READ

NFFF Everyone Goes Home® Photo Contest

– Submit your photos to the NFFF Everyone Goes Home® Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a Great Training Opportunity READ

NFFF New Goals: The Fit Firefighter…From Fiction to Reality

– The fact is more than half of line-of-duty deaths are a result of a cardiac incidents every year. In 2014, 57 of the 84 line-of-duty deaths were caused by heart attacks. And the number of firefighters dying each year from cancer is on the rise. READ


– Ask a group of 100 firefighters, manufacturers, researchers and fire service supporters or partners to identify potential research projects that could produce significant results for reducing or eliminating firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries and the range of ideas could number near 100.  READ

Group works to reduce heart disease risk for firefighters

– The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is meeting in Washington to spread the word and change some old habits. The men and women who risk their lives can do a lot more to save themselves from cardiovascular disease. READ


Any incident can become violent: Preventing firefighters from becoming targets

– It’s not just the tragedies in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs or the ISIS attack in Paris that should keep us alert. In the past week alone there were a handful of incidents in the U.S. where someone attempted to do harm to firefighters & EMS crews with guns or knives. Chief John Oates, who put together NFFF’s 2013 report on dealing with violence, reminds us of some of the key elements in trying to prevent firefighters from being targets.  READ

Cancer in the Fire Service

– A growing group of U.S. firefighters are connected beyond the usual camaraderie of the fire service and the passion for their work. These are firefighters with cancer.  READ