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Decontamination 101

Aug 23
2021

Last week, we shared the advantages of a flash hood exchange. This week, we’d like to expand on when you should exchange your hood - and add gloves to your exchange list.....

As more South Carolina fire departments adopt safer cancer risk reduction measures, cleanliness has become the norm to ensure the least amount of exposure.....

Let’s discuss the importance of an SOG/SOP. This is your internal “go to” document or “playbook” for how to get things done. Basically, it breaks down any process into specific steps.....

It’s no secret that firefighters and first responders will bear witness to pain and suffering more than the average person which may cause a shift in mental health, from burnout or anxiety to post-traumatic stress. ....

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Personal Health: Sunscreen

Jul 19
2021

Compared to the general population, firefighters have an increased risk of skin cancer, and higher rates of a melanoma diagnosis. ....

The key to any healthy lifestyle always begins with water. Hydration not only helps to maximize physical performance, it has been proven to prevent and reduce headaches, increase energy levels and brain function. ....

The leading cause of cancer in the United States is tobacco use.  There is an increased risk to nearly all types of cancer with smoking cigarettes, including several types that firefighters already have an increased risk of contracting.  Beyond cancer, the risk factors for heart and chronic respiratory diseases are significantly increased.   ....

While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force mammogram guidelines recommend screening woman at 50, annual mammograms for female firefighters are recommended starting a decade earlier - at age 40.....

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Early Detection is Key

Jun 14
2021

After completing the medical history questionnaire and prior to hire and/or being assigned firefighter training and emergency duties, structural firefighter candidates should complete a medical examination that complies with OSHA 1910.134, 120, 156 and/or NFPA 1582. These physicals are appropriate for all firefighter classifications – career, volunteer, whether full or part-time, or on-call.....