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The USFA has reported for the week of January 15-21, 2017, 42 civilians died as a result of home fires in 23 states including 21 males, 19 females (2 unreported).   14 were over the age of of 65 and 14 were under 3 years of age.   Take this time to review your efforts of fire education for children and those over 65.

​"Points to Consider 2" added to the Nursing Home Report

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a Tentative Interim Amendment that requires PASS manufacturers to change the PASS alarm sound required in the current edition of NFPA 1982–2013 for PASS devices manufactured after December 21, 2016, to a new, more audible PASS alarm sound. This impacts stand-alone PASS devices and PASS that are integrated with SCBA 

Toshiba has expanded the recall of laptop computer battery packs due to burn and fire hazards​.  The firm has received five reports of the battery pack overheating and melting, including one additional report since the first recall announcement   See the pics and inform others

Report titled "Critical Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service" has been issued.   From the report is the following:  "Cardiovascular Disease One in every four Americans dies of a heart attack each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2015). USFA releases annual firefighter fatality reports that consistently show heart attacks as the leading cause of death. In fact, over the last decade, over half (54.5 percent) of on-duty volunteer firefighter deaths were the result of a heart attack (USFA, n.d.). NFPA, which also releases annual firefighter fatality data, reported 32 on-duty volunteer deaths in 2015; 18 of those (56 percent) were sudden cardiac deaths (Fahy, LeBlanc, & Molis, 2016). This demonstrates that firefighters and emergency personnel are at an even greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than the general population. Addressing heart disease and heart disease risk factors is key in protecting firefighters and emergency personnel from life-altering or life-threatening outcomes. There are many factors that put firefighters and emergency personnel at increased risk for heart disease. Research has identified that responders face additional occupational hazards, including smoke exposure, noise, psychological stress, shift work, and physical workload. NFPA reported that overexertion/strain caused 27.7 percent of fireground injuries in 2015 and that heart attack or stroke specifically caused 920 (1.4 percent) of all injuries (Haynes & Molis, 2016)  Free Fire Rescue Workout reports are available here