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Situational awareness basics — look and listen (Part 2: mental environment)

Learn how to increase psychological situational awareness for your own and your crew's well-being.

Common signs to watch for and actions you can take to work through behavioral health issues together or with a professional counselor.
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On-duty firefighter fatalities in 2019

Sixty-two firefighters died from injuries sustained while on duty, 22 less than the 2018 total of 84 firefighters.

The total of 62 on-duty firefighter fatalities is the lowest since the USFA began this annual study.
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Accommodating outdoor and pop-up dining during COVID-19

As the pandemic continues across the U.S., one industry used to stabilize local economies — food and beverage — could face new fire and life safety challenges.

Challenges include public encroachment, emergency access, heating devices, and temporary partitions and structures.

Watch America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Honoring line-of-duty deaths in 2019

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Watch America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Honoring line-of-duty deaths in 2019

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Measuring COVID-19's impact on first responder organizations

A new research project — that needs your help — hopes to measure the impact of COVID-19, share best practices and identify ways to strengthen first responder organizations.

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NWCG updates wildland fire position qualification standards

The 2020 edition of Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications (PMS 310-1) is now available from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

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Situational awareness basics — look and listen (Part 1: physical environment)

Firefighters: learn how to identify your own situational awareness deficiencies and open up to a broader view at the scene and around the station.

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New materials highlight row house firefighting safety

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a free fact sheet and poster that highlight tactics for fighting row house fires and areas for potential fire extension.

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Current Events and Issues

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Post-wildfire recovery

Considerations and suggested resources to help communities rebuild and individuals to recover after a wildfire.

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On-duty firefighter fatalities (2020)

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Home fire fatalities (2020)

Up 1% compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 – Nov. 28, 2019.

54 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Nov. 22-28.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 28% of all fatalities.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported deaths with 120.

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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 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.