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Fatalities reported in 2024

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50th Annual EMS Week, May 19–25

Honoring Our Past. Forging Our Future.

May 19 – 25 marks the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week. The theme “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future” empowers us to remember the pioneers who made emergency medical services (EMS) what it is today and encourages us to face the future of EMS with their same tenacity and drive for excellence.

Wednesday
May 22

EMS for Children Day

Today we highlight the distinctive physiological and psychological aspects of caring for children in efforts to improve specialized care for children in prehospital settings.

The USFA has the following resources for children’s emergency care:

Community Risk Reduction

Important product recall notice

CHZHVAN Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Sold online at Amazon.com from August 2023 through January 2024 for between $18 and $59.

Recall and full refund details

National Fire Data Center

USFA announces effort to launch new fire information and analytics platform

The USFA is leading a national effort to develop and launch a new interoperable fire information and innovative analytics platform, known as the National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS).

Learn about NERIS

Research

Guide to funding alternatives

Updated November 2023

This comprehensive resource tackles the challenges faced by EMS agencies and fire departments, providing vital information on funding sources, grants and alternative revenue options.

Download the guide PDF

Fire/EMS Training

National Women’s Weekend Program at NFA

This annual 2-day NFA on-campus session is an educational opportunity for fire and emergency medical services personnel. This program strengthens a fire service community through education, personal networking, and a shared collegial experience.

Register by May 31

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New content for fire and EMS

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Lahaina Hawaii fire timeline report

Now available: The Lahaina Fire Comprehensive Timeline Report on the devastating August 2023 fire that lead to 101 fatalities, widespread destruction and devastating community impacts.

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Responding to incidents involving individuals with autism

First responders: Do you know how to assist people with #autism in high-stress situations? With 1 in 36 children in the U.S. diagnosed with autism, encountering such individuals is inevitable for first responders. Learn how to assist them, prioritizing safety for all involved.

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podcast

Work-life balance

Dr. Donnie Hutchinson discusses the importance of pursuing work-life balance and what it looks like at different times of your life.

Listen to the podcast
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Guidance for junior firefighter safety and health

NIOSH published a new Science Blog on keeping junior firefighters safe and healthy. Get details on lessons learned from 8 NIOSH investigations conducted since 2000 involving junior firefighters aged 14 to 17 years old

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Fire is fast and getting faster

Fire and public safety departments can help increase their community's awareness of common fire risks. Awareness is key to saving lives and drastically reducing property loss.

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National Wildfire Coordinating Group updates wildland fire safety training

Get the “Quick Facts” on the NWCG Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher on fire line safety. WFSTAR training is focused on operations and decision-making issues for risk mitigation, safe and effective practices maintenance, and accident reduction.

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