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    The Case Against Chemical Flame Retardants

    Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants were recently shown to be present at very high levels in the blood and house dust of Californians, possibly because of a unique Californian law that requires furniture to be flame-resistant. These chemicals are garnering much interest as of late because of their 2006 op-ed article for The New York Times, “most fatal furniture fires are ...
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    Competition: Don't Get Psyched Out

    Competition: Don't Get Psyched Out
    Here is a concerned future military member who is having a tough time with what we all have to conquer when exceeding perceived limits - our own doubts! "Stew, I have a problem - mentally, I think. I am fitter than any time before in my life which my brain knows, but my mind constantly speaks to me that I cannot ...
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    Is Your Training What it Should Be?

    Is Your Training What it Should Be?
    When you read this we will be moving into early Fall. I hope everyone’s Summer was good, and you were able to enjoy some family time, personal time and just good “ole” down time. Something we all need in our careers as Fire/Rescue/EMS providers. Sometimes we just have to put ourselves first, a totally different concept for some of us. In ...
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    Military Firefighter Fitness Standards

    Military Firefighter Fitness Standards
    I responded to an email from a sailor who loved his Navy job so much that he continued his public service as a firefighter when he retired. As an Aviation Boatswain's Mate, he was one of 35,000 Navy personnel who receive ship-board firefighting training each year. After his Navy service, the retired 38 year old had to then physically prepare for ...
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    Learn About the Fire and Rescue Service

    +Volunteer Firefighters+* Over ninety percent of the firefighters in the United States are volunteer firefighters. These men and women live in the community and want to make it a safer place. Frequently the local firehouse is the focal point in the community. The fire engines, and trucks are purchased with donations raised from the community. Becoming a volunteer firefighter is not ...
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    Navigating the Hiring Process

    Navigating the Hiring Process
    *+Networking+* The best way to standout in the hiring process is to understand the role of a firefighter. A great way to gain knowledge and experience in the fire service is to become a volunteer or reserve firefighter. These candidates will have made a name for themselves long before the testing process. Candidates often volunteer for departmental activities. These activities include ...
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    Pull-Up Tips

    This week, getting better at pull-ups is the subject of many people’s concern. As with the Pushup-Push Workout (linked below), this idea makes little sense physiologically, but it works. You never want to have an extended period of repeating the same exercises day after day, but you can do this workout for ten days, rest for three or four days of ...
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    Running Injuries – Help Prevent Them This Year

    Running Injuries – Help Prevent Them This Year
    Every year after a few months of decreased running due to winter months, I receive emails from people who are starting to ache after only a few days of running. Typically, if you take off for more than 2-3 months from a regular running routine, chances are when you start again you will start off “where you left off” and actually ...
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    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training in the U.S.

    After doing research and writing about physical fitness tests for public service agencies for the past ten years, I recognized a common appearance of the 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups test as a near universal basis for testing fitness levels. The groups who use the Common PFT are the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more than 50% of federal, ...
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    Learn About Fire: The Nature of Fire

    Every day Americans experience the horror of fire. But most people don't understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare ourselves and our families. Each year more than 4,000 Americans die and approximately 20,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) believes that fire deaths can ...
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    So, You Want To Become A Firefighter?

    Ever wonder how you could live your dream of becoming a firefighter? Written by Battalion Chief Steve Prziborowski, instructor at Chabot College Fire Technology Program and Former President of the Northern California Training Officers Association, this 6-step guide offers aspiring firefighters a step-by-step presentation on how to best position yourself for a successful firefighting career and what to expect in the ...
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    After A Fire: Valuing Your Property

    After A Fire: Valuing Your Property
    You will encounter different viewpoints on the value of your property in adjusting your fire loss or in claiming a casualty loss on your federal income tax. Knowing the following terms will help you understand the process used to determine the value of your fire loss: *Your personal valuation:* Your personal loss of goods through fire may be difficult to measure. ...
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    Bedroom Fire Safety

    Each year, fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans and injures approximately 20,000. Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as overloading extension cords or using portable space heaters too close to combustibles. Many ...
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    Electrical Fire Safety: A Factsheet on Home Electrical Fire Prevention

    Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like ...
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    Heating Fire Safety: Check Your Hotspots

    Each year fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans, injures 20,000, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural ...
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    Hotel and Motel Fire Safety

    When traveling, it is important to become familiar with your surroundings. The United States Fire Administration would like you to review the following safety tips to assist you in preparing for fire safe traveling. +*Plan Ahead*+ p(. -When making your reservations, ask if the hotel or motel has smoke detectors and fire sprinklers. p(. -When traveling, take a flashlight with you. ...
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    Wildfire - Are You Prepared?

    Wildfire - Are You Prepared?
    More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings – in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire. Every year across our Nation, some homes survive – while many others do not – after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost ...
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    Smoking and Fire Safety

    1. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened. 2. Never smoke in bed. Replace mattresses made prior to the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. 3. ...
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    Becoming an EMT: Job Outlook

    Becoming an EMT: Job Outlook
    Employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. Job prospects should be good, particularly in cities and private ambulance services. h4. Employment change Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization
    Sometimes I wonder if rescuers realize just how many trucks are actually on our highways traveling each and everyday. My wife and I took a trip out west last Spring to see the Grand Canyon. I decided to drive in order to stop and see other things we might be interested in seeing along the way. Driving from North Carolina to ...
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