Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is May 20-26

Thank you EMS responders for the outstanding service and care you provide to our communities! Explore these resources to help you — the EMS responder — stay safe and strong.

Content to share

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“Slow down, move over” social card

Share this social card on your department’s Twitter account or Facebook page to remind community residents to slow down and move over when they see emergency lights.

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Risk management practices

This guide contains recommended approaches to manage organizational, operational and community risk.

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Electric car batteries pose minimal but extended fire risk

Tactical and training information for firefighters who may operate at the scene of an electric vehicle fire.

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Current events and issues

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EMS prehospital documentation accuracy: Can body-worn cameras help?

This article discusses the results of a pilot study where EMS providers used body-worn cameras to see if they could help to improve the accuracy of their prehospital documentation.

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Current events and issues

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Wildland firefighting safe separation distances

A recent research study indicates that firefighters may want to consider slight increases in separation distances over and above what current models recommend.

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Current events and issues

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Fire departments: Take action May 19 for Home Fire Sprinkler Day

It’s easy to participate! Review a list of suggested activities your department can sponsor, along with resources available to help you with your event or to get the word out in your community.

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Digital media

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May 2018: 29 new pictographs

Fire prevention and safety pictographs

Pictographs can help overcome literacy barriers by communicating fire safety messages with pictures. Our pictographs, illustrating smoke alarm, fire escape planning, and many other messages, were tested nationally with people who have low literacy and immigrant groups.

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There are dozens of ways you can use Fire Is Everyone’s Fight to help teach people in your city or town to be safe from fire. Join the fight for a few ideas to get you started.

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NFA Online Help Desk For questions about your online course: Please email questions about your online course to NFAOnlineHelp@fema.dhs.gov

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The NFA application period is OPEN.

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) courses is open from April 15 to June 15, 2018. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

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National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) help for users and vendors:

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On-duty firefighter fatalities (2018)

Explore firefighter fatality statistics

Home fire fatalities (2018)

Up 24 percent compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 – May 12, 2017.

35 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for May 6-12, 2018.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 26 percent of all fatalities.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported fatalities with 74.

Explore home fire fatalities reported by the news media

Planning a trip to visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial?

New identification requirements to access our campus are in effect. Please read this information first before scheduling your visit.

Share this video with your community to show residents how to increase the chance of surviving a home fire by more than 82 percent and decreasing fire damage by up to 97 percent.