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Study Connects Heat, Physical Exertion with
Firefighter Heart Attacks
Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death
among firefighters and are responsible for roughly
45 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities annually
in the United States. Researchers studied 19 nonsmoking,
healthy firefighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Seventeen participated in two fire simulation exercises, each a
week apart. The exercise exposed participants to temperatures
reaching upward of 400°C (752°F) as they attempted to retrieve
a “victim” (weighing 176 pounds) from a two-story structure.
Read more about the study here: http://bit.ly/2rckV8P.
Does Your Department
Need an Aerial?
By Bob Vaccaro
“Deciding if your fire department
needs some type of aerial device
requires a great deal of thought,
especially if this might be your
first vehicle in this category.
Your truck committee needs to
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sit down with your officers and
chiefs to go over some necessary
facts. The most important factor in most communities
is cost. Before you even go over your needs, you must
decide if the cost factor outweighs anything else. If
funding is available, then you can begin designing your
specs. The biggest mistakes that some departments
make when designing a new apparatus is not being
proactive in the design. Don’t just design for the
present but for the future.
Make sure you have a large
amount of compartment space
for additional tools you might
need to carry if you expand in
the future. And make sure you
measure and remeasure the
height, width, and length of the
apparatus when you design the
vehicle and again at the factory
when it is being built. You do not
want to be one of those departments—and yes, it still
happens—where a vehicle is delivered and it doesn’t
fit in the firehouse.” Read more about deciding if your
department needs an aerial here:
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engaged in overhaul after a fire. Overhaul is an essential
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