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The Truth About Cancer Hazards and Turnout Gear

Awareness of cancer clusters among firefighters has increased recently as more information becomes available. Over the last decade, three key studies have shown elevated risks of certain types of can... Read More...

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A Firefighter’s Risk of Developing Cancer is Twice That of Any Other Profession

Smoke produced by fires today is much more dangerous than in years past. In the past, furnishings were made from natural products such as wood, cotton, wool, silk, glass and metal, which produced har... Read More...

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Minimizing Cancer Risk Through Station Design

(This is part one of a two part series.) Serving your community as a firefighter has always been recognized as a dangerous, yet rewarding endeavor.  Most of the dangers have been fairly easy t... Read More...

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Back Pain and How to Prevent It

I want to address a fitness concern for fire/paramedic personnel, back pain and injuries associated with work-related activities. Back injuries account for more than 20 percent of all workplace injur... Read More...

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Peer Support Will it Work for Your Organization?

First off, let me preface this article to say I believe in both Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Peer Support. I have seen CISM work very effectively across the U.S. by numerous fire an... Read More...

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Lessons Learned: A Personal View

In a follow up to my article in a previous edition is a list of lessons learned looking from my perspective. I hope that my story was well received and beneficial. I strongly encourage anyone in need... Read More...

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Who is There for You During Community Tragedies?

Twenty firefighters sat together in the cavernous fire department. As the first fingers of Hurricane Harvey began scratching and pulling at the building, the crew improvised. They butted their truck... Read More...

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Christmas at the Library Celebration

One look at the 40-foot cross on the front of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., and you know that this place is different. Billy Graham ¬– whose more than 70-year ministry has reached mil... Read More...

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Two Dates and a Dash in the Middle What Are You Going to Do With the ‘Dash?’

Two dates and a dash in the middle equates to your day of birth, your life and your day of death. The middle component is symbolized by a dash (-). So what does that dash mean?  Well let’s be honest,... Read More...

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What Fitness Culture Defines You?

Being fit for duty is the most basic requirement for every firefighter — both career and volunteer. As we travel around the State testing firefighters, there are three types of fitness culture that a... Read More...

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BGEA UK Chaplains Stand With Londoners After Horrific Apartment Fire

Raw. That word kept coming to Nigel Fawcett-Jones’ mind as he reflected on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team’s ministry efforts in West London. Read More...

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‘Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Destiny’

This is an open letter to a friend who is struggling with addiction. I think of you often. Tonight, I decided to put my thoughts on paper. When I was in my early forties, I was a young wife... Read More...

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Physical and Mental Close Call This Is My Story

May 5th, 2014 was a day that changed my life and the lives of my family forever. I didn’t realize that this would be such a significant day in my life until months later, however, I am very thankful ... Read More...

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Have You Had the Talk?

As founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) I often reflect on our beginning and the roads we have traveled these past six years. We never imagined all the avenues of how behavioral h... Read More...

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The Passionate Fire Officer

Over the past month or so I have found myself in many discussions with various fire service professionals, both career and volunteer, across this great nation. Topics ranged from politics to training... Read More...

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Issue 32.2 | Fall 2017

Keeping First Responders Safe
Ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others...
 



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