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 USFA News 
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)
National Preparedness Month is right around the corner! This September's theme is Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare. The Ready Campaign is gearing up to bring your community many great resources and tools for preparedness. Get started planning your preparedness events and National Day of Action with the just-released 2014 National Preparedness Month toolkit!
A new program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is available to fire departments and other community organizations to help plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older adults. The Fire-Safe Seniors program uses home assessments, smoke alarm installation, education and follow-up to ensure a comprehensive approach to fire prevention. A free toolkit is available to help you implement the program. For more information, visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/older/
Mary Marchone, a U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy (NFA) training specialist for the Fire Prevention (Management) curriculum, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. The award was presented on May 1 at the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Fire Administration has released an updated report on home electrical fires. From 2009-2011, an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires were reported to fire departments within the United States each year. These fires caused an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss. Home electrical fires resulted in greater dollar loss per fire than nonelectrical fires. Download the free report from our website at www.usfa.fema.gov
The theme for this year's Arson Awareness Week (May 4-10) is Vehicle Arson: A Combustible Crime. For more information and resources you can use to increase awareness about vehicle arson in your community, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw/.
In support of National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) users, the U.S. Fire Administration is now publishing NFIRSGrams: short bulletins that provide coding help to fire department personnel using NFIRS. NFIRSGrams address frequently asked questions and common mistakes made when completing incident forms. Visit www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/nfirs/training/ for the latest NFIRSGram bulletins and to sign up to receive them through email.
The Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) has reached consensus on a strategic plan that maps action steps for federal support of optimal emergency medical services (EMS) systems nationwide. The five-year plan provides a framework to synchronize interagency efforts and strengthen EMS practices, principles and strategies throughout the United States. Download the FICEMS Strategic Plan from the EMS.gov website at www.ems.gov/ficems/plan.htm
Our latest study report, Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2014), provides best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response. Topics covered include common crash causes and crash prevention, internal and external factors for improving response and roadway safety, vehicle design and maintenance, and regulating emergency vehicle response and roadway scene safety. Download this free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov.
On September 21, 1 residential fire fatality was reported by the Nation's news media.
On September 20, 4 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On September 19, 2 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On September 18, 2 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On September 17, 3 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On September 16, 2 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
On September 15, 3 residential fire fatalities were reported by the Nation's news media.
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)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the Medical Group Supervisor's responsibilities. (PDF, 374 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe circumstances where a building or facility may have multiple areas of application. (PDF, 142 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the area of application as it pertains to hydraulic sprinkler design. (PDF, 152 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the Medical Branch Director's responsibilities. (PDF, 367 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain density in fire sprinkler system design. (PDF, 149 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the limitations on where pipe schedule design sprinkler systems can be used. (PDF, 153 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the difference between the use of a Medical Branch and a Medical Group. (PDF, 367 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the difference between a pipe schedule and hydraulically designed sprinkler system. (PDF, 164 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the need to identify and respond to excited delirium syndrome. (PDF, 428 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the method of using an all-thread rod that is in compliance with national fire protection standards. (PDF, 126 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the Fireline Emergency Medical Technician's (FEMT's) responsibilities. (PDF, 361 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify fire protection considerations for warehouses with controlled atmosphere storage. (PDF, 147 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the five basic procedures in an intake process for juveniles involved in firesetting. (PDF, 109 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will become aware of opportunities to increase community resilience through Whole Community planning efforts and will identify one action his or her organization could take to improve preparedness (PDF, 349 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to list practices intended to minimize the risk of fires and explosions in grain elevators. (PDF, 134 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain factors to consider during the identification process of juveniles involved in firesetting. (PDF, 102 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the Responder Rehabilitation Manager's responsibilities. (PDF, 355 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the fire protection requirements for windowless buildings. (PDF, 130 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will view the interactive Tsunami Evacuation Map and consider how this type of resource would be used to lessen the risk in his or her community. (PDF, 329 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the inspection and test requirements for Class II standpipe hose systems. (PDF, 129 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain some of the hazards associated with Bakken crude oil in transportation. (PDF, 139 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the Medical Unit Leader's responsibilities. (PDF, 578 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify inspection and maintenance requirements for fixed monitor nozzle assemblies. (PDF, 538 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the role that community members have in mitigating the potential damage that a wildfire can cause. (PDF, 674 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify methods to assure construction and installation projects are completed as required. (PDF, 538 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the fire threat associated with sky lanterns. (PDF, 184 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the role that community members have in mitigating the potential damage a wildfire can cause. (PDF, 391 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain why wheeled portable fire extinguishers are used to protect hazardous environments. (PDF, 547 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Finance/Administration Section Chief's (FSC's) responsibilities. (PDF, 99 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the importance of developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is specific to his or her community's critical infrastructure and other risks. (PDF, 347 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Demobilization Unit Leader's or DMOB's responsibilities. (PDF, 100 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to describe the installation and inspection requirements for fuel dispenser emergency shut-off valves. (PDF, 543 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will identify the preparedness actions that one can take to make home and property safer from wildfire. (PDF, 347 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the difference between emergency and standby power types and classifications. (PDF, 562 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Responder Rehabilitation Manager's responsibilities. (PDF, 100 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the steps necessary to be prepared ahead of a wildfire threat and to practice wildfire safety. (PDF, 391 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the difference between emergency and standby Level 1 and Level 2 power supply systems. (PDF, 549 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will understand the Medical Unit Leader's or MEDL's responsibilities. (PDF, 100 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the steps necessary to prepare his or her home and its surroundings within the minimum safety zone. (PDF, 446 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to list considerations needed to repair spalled concrete in fire-resistive and noncombustible construction. (PDF, 580 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify how the fire service, local officials and the public can work together to establish a Fire-Adapted Community. (PDF, 373 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify the requirements for automatic sprinkler protection in elevator hoistways and machine rooms. (PDF, 551 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify information about prewildfire risk-reduction efforts and other preparedness resources. (PDF, 388 Kb)
Learning Objective: You will be able to identify components associated with a water storage tank connected to a fire protection system. Also included with this training bulletin is a summary report of your feedback on Coffee Break Training and how you use the material. (PDF, 675 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify seven characteristics of good performance support. (PDF, 342 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify roles and actions to take before a wildfire threatens. (PDF, 393 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify heating and insulation options for aboveground water storage tanks. (PDF, 543 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to develop discipline-specific feedback during the process of scheduled instructor evaluations as they relate to curriculum delivery and/or development. (PDF, 369 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify Fire-Adapted Community (FAC) components and explain the benefits of promoting community wildfire risk reduction. (PDF, 441 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to identify critical construction and fire protection features required in high-rise buildings. (PDF, 556 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to develop useful feedback in the process of scheduled instructor evaluations as they relate to curriculum delivery and/or development. (PDF, 366 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to recognize and apply commonly used Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) terminology. (PDF, 345 Kb)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the impact of oxygen-enriched atmospheres on fire behavior. (PDF, 527 Kb)

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