Technology & Innovation

2018 AFG Award News and 2019 Grant Updates

For weeks, departments across the country have been trying to determine the status of their 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants applications. They talked to vendors, to neighboring departments and to friends on the internet, and probably even sought the advice of psychics, all to no avail.

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5 Easy Steps to Select Your Turnout Gear

Researching and specifying new turnout gear for your department may seem like an arduous task given all the choices of materials and styles available today. That’s why we offer an easy 5-step process to help you learn the basics and get started.

Free Online Course | Firefighter Cancer Prevention Tools and Resources

There are ways to mitigate the risks of exposure firefighters face in the field. Although it is an outcome we want to avoid at all costs, there may come a time when a firefighter will be diagnosed with cancer as a result of occupational hazards.

[Video] Unboxing with Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment: Globe SUPRAFLEX Boots

We recently sent a pair of our SUPRAFLEX™ boots to Chris McCloone, senior editor at Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, for his review. The boots included Vibram’s Arctic Grip Pro soles that are specifically engineered to perform on wet ice.

Free Online Course | Decontamination Techniques

Wearing PPE properly is only one of many steps in helping to prevent illness and injury. In order to help reduce exposure to agents that can cause cancer and other serious diseases, firefighters must know decontamination techniques to assist in mitigating toxic substance contamination on their gear and bodies.

New download | SMARTER: Advancing Health-Related Technology

In 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighting Grant (AFG) funded a program titled “Science, Medicine, And Research & Technology for the Emergency Responders (SMARTER)” to explore the potential use of technology to address some of the most pressing health concerns in the fire service.

Intrinsic firefighter PPE safety: A new perspective

The fire service has been inundated with specific issues related to cancer-causing substances and practices for avoiding exposure to carcinogens and other harmful substances. Recommending NFPA PPE product standards incorporate systematic ways of regulating restricted substances for new products.

Free Online Course | Overview and Causes of Cancer in the Fire Service

Many firefighters face hazards that are easily visible such as structural collapse, hazardous materials, and high heat environments, but it is the unseen hazards that are most dangerous to firefighters today. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concluded after recent studies that firefighters are experiencing a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths.

Upcoming Webcast | Science in the Fire Service: Research Update

The fire service continues to drive the movement for science-based research to better understand the fire environment and how tactics influence the fire conditions. Please join us for a free webinar on Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Science in the Fire Service: Research Update.

Free NFPA 1851 Online Training | PPE Advanced Care and Cleaning

This online program provides free training on the routine and advanced inspection and cleaning of protective clothing and footwear in accordance with NFPA 1851. This training covers requirements for Structural and Proximity clothing, as well as training on the care and maintenance of structural firefighting boots.