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 USFA News 
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is recommending critical safety improvements to the widely-used Emergency Response Guidebook published by the U.S. Department of Transportation for emergency responders to use when confronting chemical fires, explosions and releases of hazardous materials.
Ventlab, LLC. initiated a voluntary medical device removal of certain Ventlab Resuscitator Bags after becoming aware of complaints regarding a sticking duckbill valve that resulted in the resuscitation bags delivering no air through the patient valve, to the patient. Resuscitation bags affected may not function properly and may result in a delay of treatment and life threatening health consequences that include hypoxia and hypoventilation.
NIOSH is revising its policy on the use of Emergency Breathing Support Systems (EBSS), also known as Buddy Breathers. This policy change is being made coincident with the addition of requirements related to the use and operation of these devices in the NFPA 1981, 2013 edition. This policy change will be applicable only to SCBAs meeting the requirements of NFPA 1981, 2013, or subsequent editions. NIOSH will recognize NFPA 1981, 2013-compliant EBSS systems as a part of the NIOSH SCBA approval for users who have received the appropriate level of training. Users will be able to identify approvals for SCBA which incorporate the required hardware by the explicit listing of an additional EBSS statement to the standard cautions and limitations on the approval label. The statement will signify the EBSS components have been evaluated by NIOSH and accepted as meeting the requirements for EBSS under the requirements of NFPA 1981, Revision 2013.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration advises emergency responders that recent train derailments and resulting fires indicate the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. (PDF, 50 Kb)
The risk from fire is not the same for everyone. In 2011, 3,415 deaths and 17,500 injuries in the U.S. were caused by fires. These casualties were not equally distributed across the U.S. population and the resulting risk of death or injury from fire was more severe for some groups. This topical fire report explores why different segments of society are at a greater risk from fire. Download the free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
These reports look at the characteristics of one- and two-family and multifamily home fires using data reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Sixty-five percent of all residential building fires occurred in one- and two-family homes, while 28 percent occurred in multifamily homes. Download the free reports from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
This report looks at firefighter injuries sustained at, responding to or returning from a fire incident, using data reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Download the free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
This report addresses the characteristics of home heating fires caused by central heating units, fixed or portable local heating units, fireplaces, heating stoves, chimneys, and water heaters. Download the free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports.html.
With this toolkit developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with assistance from the U.S. Fire Administration, you will learn about the five basic steps to create or enhance a fire safety education program for your community. Whether you are just getting started in fire safety education, or you are a seasoned educator, this toolkit will get you on your way to a successful program.
On March 26, 5 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On March 25, 4 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On March 24, 6 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On March 23, 7 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On March 22, 5 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On March 21, 11 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On March 20, 4 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Treatment Dispatch Manager's responsibilities. (PDF 130 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an overview of the Insurance Services Office's Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule grading process. (PDF 95 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will learn about Public Protection Classification that applies to specific Individual Properties. (PDF 96 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Treatment Area Manager's responsibilities. (PDF 130 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will learn about Public Protection Classification that applies to specific Individual Properties. (PDF 95 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify techniques for improved safety during emergency vehicle operations. (PDF 287 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an understanding of the Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification Class 8B and Class 9 and their requirements. (PDF 102 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to enhance future training materials using the phases of the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation (ADDIE) Model as they apply to instructional design. (PDF 133 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Treatment Unit Leader's responsibilities. (PDF 146 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an understanding of the Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification Class 8B and Class 9, as well as their requirements. (PDF 105 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will learn about the revised split Public Protection Classification and the new Class 10W. (PDF 116 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Triage Unit Leader's responsibilities. (PDF 127 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an overall understanding of the Community Risk Reduction section of the 2012 edition of the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule. (PDF 97 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify maximum allowable flammable and combustible liquid container sizes. (PDF 207 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an overall understanding of the Water Supply section of the 2012 edition of the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule with regard to developing a Public Protection Classification of Classes 1-8. (PDF 109 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an overview of some key changes in the Fire Department section of the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) between the 1980 and 2012 editions. (PDF 106 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the nine major categories creditable by the Insurance Services Office in the fire department. (PDF 94 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the three major categories creditable by the Insurance Services Office in the Emergency Communications section under the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule. (PDF 99 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an overall understanding of how a community is graded under the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program. (PDF 107 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will get an overall understanding of how a community is graded under the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program. (PDF 99 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the history of the Insurance Services Office and community fire risk management. (PDF 102 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the structure of course goals, objectives and learning outcomes. (PDF 95 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the history of the Insurance Services Office and community fire risk management. (PDF 109 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the goal of fire safety education in a youth firesetting intervention program. (PDF 84 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the requirements for handrails accompanying stairs. (PDF 133 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the conduct of a training needs assessment. (PDF 94 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the difference between detonations and deflagrations. (PDF 172 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the key factors for developing an initial response strategy for a crude oil rail transportation incident. (PDF 123 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the use of containment pallets as spill control and secondary containment alternatives. (PDF 137 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the hazard assessment and risk evaluation process and the factors to consider for a safe and effective response to a crude oil rail transportation incident. (PDF 141 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the concept of a training needs assessment. (PDF 92 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the difference between spill control and secondary containment for liquid and solid hazardous materials. (PDF 163 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the proper safety procedures for working on and around rail tank cars and associated equipment at the scene of a crude oil rail incident. (PDF 128 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the potential impact of backflow prevention devices on existing fire protection systems. (PDF, 143 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the key principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Unified Command as they relate to the successful management of a crude oil transportation incident. (PDF, 141 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify five challenges of adult learning. (PDF, 98 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the operation of compressed gas cylinder control valve pressure relief devices. (PDF, 130 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the key preincident planning considerations for crude oil rail transportation incidents and the key elements of a railroad emergency response plan. (PDF, 125 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the purpose and designation of compressed gas control valve safety systems. (PDF, 129 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the key petroleum crude oil transportation and planning considerations. (PDF, 142 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to design and write a comprehensive educational syllabus. (PDF, 116 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the fire safety construction requirements for refuse and linen chutes. (PDF, 134 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain fire types by their letter designations. (PDF, 150 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the six basic steps in conducting a screening to determine the facts of an incident. (PDF, 103 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the inspection requirements for automatic fire sprinklers. (PDF, 125 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the requirements for monthly fire extinguisher inspections. (PDF, 155 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify where tabular footnotes can be applied to substitute fire resistance requirements in buildings. (PDF, 134 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to list the fire protection concerns regarding the use of rooftop smoke and heat vents. (PDF, 126 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the hydraulic remote area. (PDF, 157 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the differences among tree (dead-end), looped or gridded sprinkler system layouts. (PDF, 155 Kb)

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