California Professional Firefighters

Health and Safety Updates

October 12, 2011
Fewer US Firefighter Deaths for Second Year Running

Eighty-seven on duty firefighters from 31 states lost their lives as the result of 83 fatal incidents that occurred in 2010. This is the second consecutive year of substantially fewer firefighter deaths in the United States, according to a report released by United States Fire Administration (USFA) today.

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June 13, 2011
NFPA: Line-of-Duty Deaths Lowest in 34 Years

The number of on-duty firefighter deaths is the lowest since 1977. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today released its annual Firefighter Fatality Report at the NFPA Conference & Expo, which shows that a total of 72 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the United States in 2010.

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December 20, 2010
Protect Yourself from Cold Stress Injuries
Fire fighters already have a tough time battling fires, but adding freezing temperatures, wind, and ice can make the job even tougher. So, the next time you find yourself working in frigid temps just remember the acronym COLD. Read More
December 2, 2010
IAFF Launches Campaign About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The IAFF and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have launched "The Silent Killer," an educational campaign to help raise awareness of the dangers carbon monoxide pose even after a fire has been extinguished.

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August 18, 2010
Inhaling Ultra-Fine Particles May Raise FFs’ Heart Risks

Firefighters may face a heightened risk for heart disease as a result of breathing in extremely fine particles that infiltrate the smallest air passages and lodge in their lungs, new research indicates.

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June 8, 2010
NIOSH Document Provides Recommendations for Protecting First Responders

Patient care puts first responders at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. A new NIOSH document provides practical recommendations aimed at protecting first responders, including reporting your exposures through a program like PER.

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April 22, 2010
Firefighters Encouraged to Record Their Exposures

Through aggressive lobbying by CPF, California firefighters are now protected by some of the strongest firefighter presumption laws in the nation.

But firefighters still need proof of exposures! All of the presumptions in statute are disputable, which means that firefighters need evidence that an illness resulted on the job. It can mean all the difference in a workers' compensation claim.

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March 29, 2010
NIOSH Recommends Discontinuing Use of Four Champak Respirators

Citing problems with internal testing, NIOSH has recommended that fire departments discontinue use of four Champak N95 respirators. NIOSH's recommendation targets four of the units' approval numbers: TC-84A-4363, TC-84A-4364, TC-84A-4394 and TC-84A-4665.

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October 29, 2009
Local EMSA's Authorizing Paramedics to Administer H1N1 Vaccine

With the flu pandemic upon us, the state EMS Authority has set in motion a plan to allow local paramedics to administer the influenza vaccine. Under the plan, the LEMSA and the local health department may decide to temporarily expand the paramedic scope of practice to include administration of the pandemic vaccine, thereby enhancing community mass vaccination programs. 

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October 7, 2009
Document Your Exposures with

Since 1985, the CPF-sponsored Personal Exposure Reporting system has been helping firefighters identify and document the hazardous exposures they encounter on the job.

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