Increasing rates of cancer among firefighters has become a major issue facing all departments and municipalities. The NFPA and the IAFF are both conducting ongoing research and analysis into the problem. Incidents of throat, thyroid and even testicular cancer among firefighters are increasing at an alarming rate. For example in Miami Dade cancer is affecting one out of every 2 firefighters and this video from Boston’s FD shows what a serious issue this has become.
A major reason for the uptick in cancer instances has been the increasing complexity of chemicals firefighters are encountering during structure fires. Products used commonly today including modern furniture finishes, plastics and other chemicals are creating a deadly mixture. Once worn in a fire situation where toxins are present, turnout gear becomes contaminated. When a firefighter sweats, toxins enter the system through open pores where the gear comes in contact with the skin. This is particularly common in the neck and head region.
Contaminated gear is then worn for all calls, 95% of which aren’t fires. Firefighters naturally sweat when they work increasing opportunities for toxins to enter the system.
There is much research currently being done to develop products and other solutions to this. Examples include the H41 Hood from Fire-Dex featuring a Nano filter to catch particles up to .2 microns and these CeBeR Equipment Wipes designed to remove contaminants from equipment after use. Filtered hoods and other cancer preventing equipment will most likely become NFPA requirements in the future. You can learn more from this recent in depth report from the CDC on firefighting and cancer.
Update: a couple of other great resources if you'd like to learn more or help out are this white paper from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and their website has plenty of great info as well.
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With events such as San Bernardino and Sandy Hook, Active Shooter incidents are occurring on a regular basis and with increasing frequency. An "active shooter incident" is commonly defined as a situation in which one or more people use deadly force on other people and continue to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. In the past, the strategy would be for EMS personnel not to enter the scene until it was completely secure by law enforcement. As a result, precious time was lost while many innocent lives hung in the balance because they were not provided the vital care necessary. In order to get lifesaving medical treatment to victims in mass shootings quicker, Emergency Service Organizations have developed the concept of a Rescue Task Force.
A Rescue Task Force is a team of Police Officers and Fire Fighter/Paramedics working together in the warm zone to deliver emergency medical care to victims. During an event, the first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the initial officers into the warm zone. These teams treat, stabilize, and remove the injured in a rapid manner, while wearing ballistic protective equipment and under the protection of the Police.
Darley has recognized the need to protect first responders and provide them with essential equipment to operate under the most demanding and dangerous situations. All our active shooter response products have been selected with the input from military, police, and fire personnel. These products will allow our first responders to have the necessary tools they need to enter into hazardous environments, deliver immediate point-of-wounding care to the injured, and the removal of victims at mass casualty response incidents.
If you are considering purchasing equipment in preparation for an active shooter event for your municipality, let Darley assist you. Our equipment is the ideal solution for EMS, Fire-Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel performing operations in response to Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents. Contact us here, or fill up a cart and request a quote so that a specialist can assist you in determining your needs and requirements.
2016 is upon us! Here is a shift calendar for your viewing pleasure. You can also download the hi-res version here making it easy to print and hang!
Have a safe and happy 2016, if there is anything we can be doing to support you, we hope you'll reach out to us.
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