firefighting Articles

  • Firefighters may be exposed to asbestos battling fires

    EMSL Analytical can quickly test to determine the presence of asbestos in old buildings that catch fire and release the dangerous fibers into the air. Firefighters are regularly exposed to the dangers of extreme heat, fire and smoke, but new concerns over asbestos exposure have recently come to light. Although firefighters typically wear air masks connected to air canisters when battling a ...


  • When the smoke disappears: dealing with extinguishing chemicals in firefighting wastewater

    Water is not enough. Nowadays, numerous chemicals are used for fire extinction. After use, however, these may unintentionally enter sewerage systems. In order to safely treat firefighting wastewater (FFWW), knowledge of the potential effects of these chemicals on biological treatment processes is essential. This study characterized and mimicked the composition of FFWW containing two powders, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Presumption for selected cancers and occupation as a firefighter in Manitoba: the rationale for recent Canadian legislation on presumption

    Provinces across Canada are suddenly considering or have already passed legislation establishing a rebuttable presumption for compensation for firefighters who develop certain types of cancer. This movement began in Manitoba and was motivated by appreciation of the role of firefighters in public safety. The evidentiary basis for establishing presumption for these cancers was developed in a report ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • State of Oregon acquires CEREX micro hound multi-gas analyzers for hazmat first responders

    Abstract: "During the overhaul phase of a structure fire, firefighters commonly doff their self contained breathing apparatus SCBA protection for easier working conditions and traditionally rely upon carbon monoxide (CO) detection as the determinate for this action. A CO level of below 35 ppm has traditionally been the acceptable limit for firefighters to wear this lesser level of ...

  • 5 Reasons Emergency Vehicle Specs Should Include a Weather Station

    “Being aware of the weather conditions before, during, and after an incident is imperative,” quotes columnist Chuck Sallade in Firefighter Nation. Having a weather station on-board emergency vehicles is one of the best ways to manage situational awareness regarding weather conditions. This article outlines a convincing case for including a weather station in the specifications for an ...

  • Oregon Hazmat Responders Receive 2013 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award

    Cerex is pleased to announce the Tualatin Valley Fire Rescue, using a Cerex Micro Hound UVDOAS multi-gas analyzer for overhaul phase airborne toxicants studies has received national recognition for their efforts to improve fire-fighter safety practices. FIRE SERVICE SAFETY LEADERSHIP AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO THREE ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR COLLECTIVE WORK TO IMPROVE FIREFIGHTER HEALTH AND SAFETY ...

  • Using GIS for emergency management: a case study during the 2002 and 2003 flooding in south-east France

    Emergency management has always required tools to get geographic information from the affected area. The objectives are to have a general view of the theatre of operations with its geographic characteristics, troop's location, roads and railways, and fighting location. The emergency management of natural hazards is specific because it is necessary to evaluate the appropriate number of emergency ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Emergency response possibilities at freight railway tunnel accidents

    Recent tunnel disasters in several Western European countries such as Switzerland (Gotthard tunnel, 2001) and Austria (Tauern tunnel, 1999), France/Italy (Mont Blanc tunnel, 1999) and Great Britain/France (Channel Tunnel, 1996) have made tunnel safety an area for special attention. In-depth investigations into these accidents focused on individual aspects of tunnel design and hazards. As regards ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An examination of interdependencies among major barriers to coordination in disaster response

    This paper reports two exploratory research studies conducted to identify major barriers to coordination in disaster response and to understand causal relationships among those barriers. In the first study, two expert panels (emergency operations centre directors and firefighters) participated in a Delphi survey to identify and prioritise major barriers. In the second study, five focus group ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Quality compressed breathing air really is a matter of life and death

    When some of the Analox team visited West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service it became even more apparent how important it is to undertake accurate and consistent checks on breathing apparatus. We were shown training facilities where firefighters are put in real-life situations in order to equip them with the experience to deal with whatever ...


    By Analox Sensor Technology

  • Environmental factors that influence wildfire protective–action recommendations

    Each year wildfire incident commanders (ICs) manage thousands of events throughout the USA that often threaten life and property. In this task they make important decisions to protect both firefighters and citizens, usually under time pressure and uncertainty. Many environmental factors affect the choice and timing of the most effective protective–action in this context (e.g., evacuate, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessment of public perception regarding wastewater reuse

    ABSTRACTA descriptive-correlational study was recently conducted in a four county metropolitan area in the southeast United States (US) as part of a collaborative effort between nursing and environmental engineering researchers. The purpose of the study was to assess attitudes, knowledge and information sources concerning wastewater reuse and evaluate the results with respect to population ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Clustering analysis of water distribution systems: identifying critical components and community impacts

    Large water distribution systems (WDSs) are networks with both topological and behavioural complexity. Thereby, it is usually difficult to identify the key features of the properties of the system, and subsequently all the critical components within the system for a given purpose of design or control. One way is, however, to more explicitly visualize the network structure and interactions ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Why a CO2 monitor may be needed? Where carbon dioxide leaks occur

    Do you work with carbon dioxide (or CO2) in your industry? If so, then you may need a carbon dioxide monitor to check for gas leaks that could pose a hazard to your workplace safety. Learn common scenarios where carbon dioxide can leak and see how a CO2 detector can minimize your risk.  Industries Where CO2 Monitors Can Make a ...

  • Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF): Pollution Prevention for the Pulp and Paper Industry

    Imagine being in charge of a chemical company. One day a fire breaks out, and an employee, designated as a first responder, is killed fighting the blaze. Then OSHA investigators discover that the man died primarily because both his training and his equipment were inadequate. This scenario is why CPL 2-2.59A should put anyone who runs a HAZMAT facility into a state of introspection. These ...

  • Sampling guidelines for handheld Raman measurements; what you need to know

    In recent years. Raman spectroscopy has seen increased adoption as the technique of choice for the rapid identification of materials; especially for raw material identification in the pharmaceutical industry, identification of controlled substances and explosives for security applications, polymer material identification for packaging and plastics recycling, and mineral and gemstone ...


    By B&W Tek

  • Compliance Magazine Editorial on OSHA directive CPL 2-2.59A

     Imagine being in charge of a chemical company. One day a fire breaks out, and an employee, designated as a first responder, is killed fighting the blaze. Then OSHA investigators discover that the man died primarily because both his training and his equipment were inadequate. This scenario is why CPL 2-2.59A should put anyone who runs a HAZMAT facility into a state of introspection. These ...


  • Learning lessons from wildfires, from Texas to Brazil

    “This is unprecedented fire behavior. We’ve never seen conditions like this before. Not a single one of our firefighters has ever faced such extreme conditions.” This statement from the director of the Texas Forest Service makes it clear that the recent wildfires that scorched Texas belong in a new category of disaster. Already, the state’s wildfires this season ...

  • Right-Sizing Organizations for Quality - Part1

    Adequate staff resources are essential for achieving quality environmental, health, and safety (EHS) programs. The technical challenges, internal coordination difficulties, public-relations problems, and so on are rarely insurmountable—if you have sufficient fiscal and human resources to effectively deal with the issues. Without a minimum critical mass of resources, you become consumed with ...

  • The wildland fire threat

    The threat of wildfire is a major concern to more and more homeowners as construction of homes moves into the Wildland Urban Interface. Periods of drought are frightening times for residents of suburban and rural areas across the country, including the Northwest, the West, and the Rocky Mountain states as well as the Southeast. For those of us who live near natural areas of brush or forest, the ...


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