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    What are the OSHA Facial Hair Regulations?

    What are the OSHA Facial Hair Regulations?
    Looking for the rules and regulations about facial hair? The rules have been bent by many a firefighter who just can't part with his beard. Some departments will allow facial hair if and ONLY if the hair does not interfere with a seal. In the next page of this article, the Washington Times details the story of a Muslim firefighter who ...
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    How to Spot a Meth Lab

    How to Spot a Meth Lab
    Today, methamphetamine is second only to alcohol and marijuana as the drug used most frequently in many Western and Midwestern states. Seizures of dangerous laboratory materials have increased dramatically—in some states, fivefold – which is precisely why first responders should be extremely careful when responding to a scene. You never know when a routine call could put you in the path ...
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    Firefighter Safety Report: Truss System Failures

    Background According to the Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA), wooden trusses are used in roof systems in more than 60% of all buildings in the United States [SBCMAG 2004]. Truss and related engineered wooden floor systems are also becoming more common. Today, more engineered structures use lighter weight materials, producing larger spans and clear openings. Trusses can be designed to ...
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    Code-3 Response Safety

    Code-3 Response Safety
    Ever since 1648, when the first fire organization was founded in America, and in 1819 with the advent of the first steam engine fire apparatus (1679-first fire vehicle), we have looked for ways to learn from mishaps and make things safer. Of course as time goes on, things improve and change along with it. Building construction and vehicles are an ever ...
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    Not Everyone Goes Home

    Not Everyone Goes Home
    On my website a while back, a brother posted a simple statement- everyone goes home. I thought about it for a bit. I reflected on the 343 firefighters that didn’t go home on 9-11. I thought about the more than 600 (and climbing) who have been killed since then. I wondered, why don’t we all go home safely? We should ...
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    Firefighters & Asbestos: An SCBA Might Just Save Your Life

    Firefighters & Asbestos: An SCBA Might Just Save Your Life
    Firefighters face an immense number of occupational dangers – but what many people may not consider is the risk of asbestos exposure, and the failure to recognize this dangerous hazard may be costing firefighters their life. Asbestos exposure is the only confirmed cause of pleural mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer that affects the lungs. An SCBA, or self-contained breathing apparatus, ...
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    Severe Weather 101

    Severe Weather 101
    Here in the Central Texas Plains, severe weather can occur year round. We have had snow as late as April, tornadoes and flooding in December, and droughts from hell can occur virtually any time of year. Granted Springtime is the main period for severe weather in most places, but many of us in the Southern states have a second season ...
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    2009 California Station Fire Review & Recommendations

    Thanks to the Los Angeles County Fire Department for the use of this review If you are unable to view the file please download it here
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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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