Saturday, December 16, 2017

Firefighter Fatality Report issued by @USfire #OKfire

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report, "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2016," identifies and analyzes all on-duty U.S. firefighter fatalities that occurred last year to better understand their causes and how to prevent them.

Eighty-nine firefighters (56 volunteer, 23 career and 10 wildland agency) died while on duty in 2016.

  • Activities related to emergency incidents resulted in the deaths of 36 firefighters.
  • Seventeen firefighters died while engaging in activities at the scene of a fire.
  • Ten firefighters died while responding to emergency incidents.
  • Nineteen firefighters died as the result of vehicle crashes.
  • Heart attacks were the most frequent nature of fatal injury with 40 firefighter deaths.
  • Nine firefighters died while they were engaged in training activities.

The 2016 report, and past reports from 1986 to 2015, is available for download from the USFA's website.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Webinar: Sharing Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

On Wednesday, December 13, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invites you to a webinar featuring several Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs from Florida, Texas, and California to share their experiences and lessons learned from responding to the recent disasters. This webinar will also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and share your knowledge.

Title: CERT Webinar: Sharing Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

  • Tyler Krska, FEMA ICPD

  • James Cunningham, North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District, Florida
  • Christy Rojas, CERT Program Manager, Volunteer Florida
  • John Ignatcyzk and Christopher Winn, Los Angeles City Fire Department, California
  • Jake Heflin, Long Beach City Fire Department, California
  • Lisa Rubey, New Braunfels CERT, Texas
  • Doris Hermann, Galveston County CERT, Texas

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We hope you will be able to join us on December 13!

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