In 2019 it is clear that the most critical factor in the success of any FD are the FIRE OFFICERS, generally at the company level. The good, the bad, the predictable and the solutions almost all happen within an arms length of the officer. It is certainly not easy and often not what you thought “the job” would be…
Do good. Feel well. Give her a hug. Don’t touch anyone. Be nice to everyone. Give this one a break. Everyone must be treated equal. Except that one. Don’t be friends with them. Stretch the line. Don’t go in the building. Go in the building. Look at that euro helmet. Please poke my eyes out. Hit it hard from the yard. Don’t be a yard breather. Don’t eat that. Don’t call them that. Vent the building. Don’t vent the building. Call them this…not that….Arghhh!!!
Sound familiar? It’s the firehouse in 2019 and the fire officers role has never been more critical-and complicated. And while there are numerous challenges in the day to day role of every fire officer, Billy is going to focus on how you can minimize failure at high risk, low frequency headline making events, so that you and your troops can survive in doing your best for those who dial 9-1-1. After you survive, you can then deal with all the other insanity in today’s world!
Firefighters can be exposed to a variety of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals during fire suppression. This is of particular concern since studies have found firefighters to have higher rates of cancer compared to the general public. This presentation will summarize some of the past and present research on cancer rates and exposures to toxic chemicals in the fire service. Facts and myths about the efficacy of certain exposure reduction procedures will also be covered.
Findings from the Fire Protection Research Foundation Study for “How Clean is Clean” will be presented along with their impact on fire service care of turnout garments. Information will be provided to distinguish the effectiveness of different practices for advanced cleaning and sanitization of outer shell fabrics and the respective impacts of selected process variables, such as temperature. The implementation of cleaning verification procedures within NFPA 1851 will be discussed and supplemented with an overview of how to judge the results for cleaning efficiency.
Firefighters face intense and taxing work environments that require a high level of preparedness. Rates of line of duty deaths and injuries are alarming among firefighters. In addition to risks related to fire ground operations, research is increasingly pointing to the importance of modifiable risk factors as key predictors of injury and loss. Current data suggests that, due to occupational risk factors, the fire service faces high rates of obesity and low fitness, high rates of heavy and binge drinking, poor cardiovascular health profiles, increased risk of several kinds of cancer, and concerns related to behavioral health. Mitigating these risks requires not only individual, but also system level changes in policies, practices, and cultural norms by fire departments. Improving the readiness of firefighters and decreasing line of duty injuries and deaths requires fire service leaders to be knowledgeable about and engaged in health promotion for their personnel.
This course focuses on FF Cancer Awareness, Prevention, & Support based on the Firefighter Cancer Consultants “The 25” and will share:
– How significant of a threat occupational firefighter cancer is
– Best practices to reduce your members risk of being diagnosed
– Support if a member is diagnosed with occupational cancer
Our program can give your members a fighting chance to make it through their career cancer free and help your dept. reduce costs towards workers comp claims. Fire Departments will be able to conduct a “self exam” to see how their current practices compare to the best practices available.
The program includes downloadable best practice policies on SCBA use, Rehab, On Scene Gross Decon, PPE Cleaning & Storage, Diesel exhaust, Physical fitness, and a tobacco use.
Dr. Fent, research industrial hygienist at NIOSH, will be talking about the National Firefighter Registry (NFR) currently in development. Numerous studies show that firefighters’ exposure on the fireground, where smoke and hazardous chemicals are released from burning materials, may increase their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. While the association between firefighting and disease seems clear, more information about these health risks is needed.
To better understand the link between on-the-job exposure to toxicants and cancer, Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create the NFR. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), working closely with stakeholders and health experts, will take the lead on creating the NFR.
The NFR will be a large database of health and occupational information on firefighters that can be used to analyze and track cancer and identify occupational risk factors for cancer to help the public safety community, researchers, and medical professionals find better ways to protect those who protect our communities and environment. When the NFR opens for registration, all firefighters—structural and wildland, career and volunteer, active and retired—should consider voluntarily registering themselves. This includes firefighters who have never received a cancer diagnosis, previously had cancer, or currently have cancer.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects firefighters all over the world. Many times firefighters do not want to discuss incidents that may have had lasting effects on them or know where to go for help. Research indicates that this is both unhealthy physically and mentally not only for suffering firefighters, but for their family and friends as well. Furthermore, PTSD has led to an alarming increase in firefighter suicides. Research from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) indicates that fire departments are four times more likely to experience a suicide of one of its members than a line of duty death (LODD).
So how do we mitigate this ever growing problem in the fire service? We teach our members how to turn PTSD into PTG, Posttraumatic Growth. Research indicates that PTG is defined as a phenomenon where a person becomes stronger and creates a more meaningful life in the wake of tragedy or trauma. The instructor of this course suffered from PTSD after his involvement as the first due engineer on June 18, 2007 where 9 firefighters perished in the line of duty in Charleston, South Carolina. He was then able to overcome PTSD, turning the tragedy into PTG.
During this course, David will discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD from clinical research and from his own personal experience with the disorder. He will then outline the necessary steps to educate firefighters on making the transition from PTSD to PTG and where they can go for the proper help. To make this possible, attendees will complete the survey entitled the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Following the completion of this survey, the attendees will be able to identify their level of PTG, but more importantly, they will know how to administer the survey to their respective organization and how to identify signs and symptoms of PTSD within themselves and their co-workers. This is a tangible tool that attendees will take away from the class to assist in the fight against PTSD and firefighter suicides.
Attend this class to learn from a firefighter who actually experienced a traumatic event, was diagnosed with PTSD, and was able to overcome it with PTG. This is proof that PTSD can be reversed and that individuals suffering from it can live a mentally healthy and successful life.
THE FIRST RESPONDER SLEEP RECOVERY PROGRAM IS A SLEEP DEPRIVATION MITIGATION TRAINING TAILORED FOR FIREFIGHTERS, EMS, POLICE, AIR MEDICS AND PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIRE & EMS INDUSTRY.
This dynamic course is the First Responder Sleep Recovery Program™. It equips members with imperative information and practices to proactively address the risk of conditions caused by sleep deprivation in the fire and emergency service known to be the leading killers of firefighters and first responders. The course teaches techniques and strategies verifiably proven to combat sleep disorders, PTSD and to improve overall physiological and psychological rest and recovery. This program provides proven strategies and techniques that decrease the risk of deadly conditions linked to sleep deprivation that risk firefighter lives including: diabetes, anxiety, depression, obesity, stroke, alcohol abuse, cardiovascular disease and suicide.
Through this impactful training, participants will leave both informed and equipped to improve their sleep quality on shift and at home, thereby improving their overall health and wellness.
This course is designed by sleep subject matter expert Jacqueline Toomey, and co-instructed with career firefighter and fire-science instructor, Sean Toomey. Together they instruct an integrative solution-based class designed with effective measures to combat sleep loss in the fire and emergency services.
THIS 4 HOUR TRAINING IS BROKEN INTO 2 SEGMENTS, EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENTIAL. IT INCLUDES RESEARCH ON FIRST RESPONDER SLEEP RELATED HEALTH ISSUES, NUTRITION, HOW TO IMPROVE SLEEP WITH TRANSFORMATIVE SLEEP ROUTINES, SLEEP RECOVERY PRACTICES™ AND MORE.
SLEEP RECOVERY PRACTICES™ HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO DIRECTLY BENEFIT SLEEP, TREAT PTSD, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND SUPPORT EVERYTHING FROM PERFORMANCE, MENTAL WELLNESS, STRESS REDUCTION, ENERGY AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH.
THIS TRAINING WILL BE INVALUABLE TO RESTORING YOUR ENERGY, IMPROVING YOUR HORMONES, ENHANCING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND OFFER PEACE OF MIND WITH DRASTICALLY IMPROVED SLEEP.
It is widely understood the three largest killers of firefighters and also of permanent disability to firefighters are the occupationally linked diseases of cardiovascular, cancer and behavioral health including suicide. Unfortunately, the cycle of continuing loss of members of the fire service to these three diseases is needless and preventable. This presentation will focus on implementing early detection annual medical physicals and screenings including discussing NFPA 1582. Additionally, we’ll focus on emerging science on the detection of cardiovascular, early stage cancer and behavioral health screenings. Actual departmental experiences of success and pitfalls will be discussed.
This course is a preview of Dr Hutchinson’s full class that trains firefighters and first responders on building, implementing, and executing a work-life balance transformational plan so they can be extremely successful at home and work.
(available for an additional cost)
Sleep Recovery Hands on Training Class
Four Groups of Twelve Students
Students will learn how to improve sleep with transformative sleep routines and sleep recovery practices™
HOT Class is 75 Minutes