In this webinar, Sara Jahnke, Ph.D discusses how occupational risk factors in the fire service require not only individual, but also system-level changes in policies, practices, and cultural norms.
First responders have jobs unlike any other, facing unique challenges both on- and off-duty. For many, this can result in traumatic stress and depression, but there are strategies at both the individual and organizational levels that can help to combat these issues.
As technology needs grow in public safety, so too do the risks of ineffective cyber-security. While these risks cannot be entirely eliminated, it is possible to effectively mitigate them by utilizing best practices from the private sector, developing effective policies, and using vendor contracts as an opportunity to delegate responsibilities.
The structures we spend our lives in are protected by carefully designed fire codes and improved alarm systems, but the materials comprising them (and the contents therein) are thinner and quicker to burn than ever. Alongside structural damage and the immediate injury concerns it causes, the toxic smoke these smoldering materials emit can cause long-term illness, the chances of which increase with every second a victim or first responder is exposed. For firefighters, this makes tracking exposure to toxic materials a way of life, whether presumptive illness laws are in place to protect them or not.
In this webinar, Chief Clive Savacool discusses how to prepare for promotion in the fire service. He focuses on preparation for interviews, your resume, and answering questions in the interview.
The positive outcomes of decades-long programs to train inmates in fire and EMS suggest education can be an effective method of significantly reducing recidivism.
Police have long struggled with effective ways to tailor standard training, skills, and protocol to mental health situations. And though no one individual solution for such a varied problem exists, specialized training—applied, at times, with alterations to department culture—is one way to ensure public safety officers are more prepared to respond to incidents in which mental health plays a role.
In this webinar, Gavin Horn discusses cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks on today’s fireground and training ground. In particular, he discusses the impact of different fireground job assignments as well as suppression tactics.
First Responders, as a group, have a unique relationship with technology. The ability to apply technology to fitness, training activities, and established procedures in the first responder field allows for the integration of many technological developments into every day practices. Much of the current excitement around wearable technology in fields like firefighting, emergency medical services, and law enforcement draws from this patience and past success. With enough time to iron out the technical, financial, and bureaucratic details surrounding them, off-the-shelf wearable gadgets and purpose-built tools—along with the software that runs on them—have a chance to realize their full potential.
For some first responders, readiness means that everyone has completed all applicable training and certifications. For others, readiness is a team that is fully equipped with the tools and resources needed to fulfill their duties. From initial response to large scale incident management, the estimable readiness of personnel and equipment is always at the forefront of the commander’s mind.