Cardiac Enlargement in U.S. Firefighters

New research links enlarged heart to sudden cardiac events among firefighters

– It’s widely acknowledged in the fire service that cardiac events account for roughly 45 percent of all firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Autopsy reports showed many of these incidents occurred... READ

Checking In Episode 1

Checking In Episode 1 – Series Introduction

– This podcast provides an overview of behavioral health and is geared toward anyone looking to find out more about the issues surrounding stress injury and PTSD with our first responders. READ

Checking In - Episode 2

Checking In Episode 2 – Leadership

– A panel of experts discusses the role of team leaders in fire departments in recognizing and dealing with stress injury or PTSD with their team members. This podcast challenges leaders to take a proactive role in providing behavioral health services in their department.  READ

Checking In Episode 3

Checking In Episode 3 – PTSD Self Awareness

– This podcast discusses how firefighters can help each other cope with behavioral health issues and the importance of discussing behavioral health treatments and interventions. READ

Checking In Episode 4

Checking In Episode 4 – Peer Support

– Interview with Captain Greg Burns, Howard County Fire & Rescue discussing behavioral health training and the importance of first responders being trained in helping each other through peer support training and other types of training. READ

Checking In Episode 5

Checking In Episode 5 – Clinical Support

– A panel of experts discusses clinical support and its role in providing behavioral health support to first responders. This podcast includes an interview with Division Chief Scott Heiss, Denver Fire Department, about their newly implemented behavioral health wellness center. READ

2017 Virginia Fire Officer Academy Celebrates 10th Anniversary Program

– The theme of the Virginia Fire Officer Academy is Safety through Leadership and is based upon the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and the Everyone Goes Home® Program. READ

Fire Organizations Applaud Florida Governor Scott for Veto HB 653

– HB 653 would have allowed high–rise buildings in Florida without adequate fire and life safety systems to forego the retrofit of fire sprinklers and/or engineered life safety systems in these buildings that are currently required to come into compliance by 2020. READ

Remembering Ray Pfeifer: An Inspiration for All

– The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was extremely saddened to learn of Ray Pfeifer’s passing on Sunday. Ray was a friend of the Foundation and an inspiration. He was a leader and role model whose compassion for others was extraordinary. Ray Pfeifer will be deeply missed.  READ

Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate

Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate: Learn How You Can Prevent Firefighter Cancer

– The Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance is hosting the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium in Phoenix, AZ September 7-8, 2017. READ