Firefighter Safety & Health

The Unseen Voice

Life Force Air Medical - Erlanger Healthcare System. Chattanooga, TN. photo by Josh VanDusen

The typical stereotype for dispatchers (also known as Communications Officers) is that they move on and are not supposed to grieve, they are mostly unseen, unheard and their feelings and emotions are not considered. Who will check on them from the outside?

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Andrew Catron and Willie Wines Jr. in Viking gear at FDIC 2014

Firefighters are potentially exposed to a wide range of dangerous particles through their work – some of which are carcinogens. As we see it, that’s a cause for concern – and it’s also something that European-based protective clothing manufacturer VIKING Life-saving Equipment is working on, too.

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It Changes Us

This print is by Paul Combs. Check out all of his work here: Combs does a great job of fitting a 1000 word article in one single image.

It is what we see, hear, smell, feel, and touch on calls that shape our thoughts and feelings. Those same thoughts and feelings that may have not changed in years. After horrific calls, we are left with these experiences, changing feelings, and new thoughts towards life, death and everything in between.

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Three Separate Apparatus Wrecks Today in NC & TN. Many Firefighters Injured.

orange county wreck

Read on and learn from these wrecks. Many Firefighters were injured, one seriously. Amazingly, none were killed. If we continue to drive within reason, continue to focus on apparatus design to keep us safe, and wear our seatbelts we might be able to meet the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation goal of reducing LODD's (#reduceLODDS). Read more about that here: Check out the video below as well.

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