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Updated guidance for EMS on monkeypox

The Department of Health and Human Services has released updated guidance to assist emergency medical services (EMS) providers in identifying the signs, symptoms and risk factors for monkeypox.

Changes from the May 2022 initial guidance include the prevalence of atypical presentations and groups at highest risk for contracting monkeypox.

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Critical shortage of dextrose is forcing EMS to adapt protocols

The Food and Drug Administration is currently reporting shortages of dextrose solutions in prefilled syringes and IV fluid bags. Learn how your EMS department can address drug shortages.

Dextrose shortages include 5%, 10%, 25% and 50% solutions.

The USFA Podcast

Supporting the fire service through research

On this episode of The USFA Podcast, we discuss how U.S. Fire Administration research programs support firefighter health and safety and fire mitigation.

USFA shares research findings with the fire and emergency medical services to enhance occupational health and safety, as well as operational effectiveness.

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Home electrical fires

Key safety messages to share with your community about how to prevent dangerous home electrical fires.

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Home electrical fires

Key fire safety messages for appliances and electrical equipment

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Behavioral health resources for first responders

Help is available to deal with stress management, burnout, substance abuse, compassion fatigue and more.

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COVID-19 pandemic response listening session

A new report from USFA summarizes discussions among national emergency response stakeholders about the impact of COVID-19 on the fire and emergency medical services and potential solutions to mitigate response challenges experienced during the recent pandemic.

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International study finds that “occupational exposure as a firefighter causes cancer”

An International Agency for Research on Cancer study has reclassified the occupation of firefighting to the highest hazard category: Group 1, “carcinogenic to humans.”

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Assessment of portable radio repeaters for indoor and subterranean environments

Check to see if the units you are using (or considering) are your best option.

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Emergency response guides for electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries

Standardized guides for electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery response are now available for easy access to critical information for first responders.

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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.

On-duty firefighter fatalities (2022)

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Home fire deaths (2022)

Down 4% compared to deaths reported from Jan. 1 to Aug. 6, 2021.

35 home fire deaths were reported by the U.S. news media for July 31 to Aug. 6.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 24% of all deaths.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported deaths with 108.

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Share this video to learn how to prevent exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances are linked to cancer and may be present in firefighting foam.