The province of British Columbia has added breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma to the list of illnesses covered by the Workers Compensation Act under the Firefighters Occupational Disease Regulation.
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Researchers have found potentially carcinogenic compounds that are used as a water repellent in most American firefighters' turnout gear.
B.C.'s Intervention Disclosure Act has been used for the first time to order a blood sample from a person who vomited on a Nanaimo firefighter, then left the hospital before being treated.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh found firefighters exposed to extremely high heat experienced elevated core body temperatures for up to four hours after exposure and their blood became "stickier" and more likely to form clots.
Following a series of newspaper articles that detailed the high cancer risk among firefighters Ohio fire chiefs are purchasing gear and equipment and implementing new procedures to protect their crews from harmful exposures to carcinogens.
A number of associations have warned the use of chemical flame retardants in furniture to improve fire safety can have severe negative impacts on public health.
A University of Alberta study that surveyed 355 firefighters involved in battling the Fort McMurray fire found one in five suffering respiratory problems and one in six experiencing mental health issues. Researchers hope to find out which factors caused long term health problems and how those factors can be mitigated in future fires.
Andy McDonald, a veteran firefighter and first responder community consultant, told attendees at Benefits Canada's 2017 Mental Health Summit that the first responder culture of silence is making it harder for that community to get help when they need it.
A gay firefighter who was subjected to abuse and equipment tampering at a Halifax naval base because he is gay has won compensation.The Nova Scotia Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal accepted the worker's testimony as credible and noted no contrary evidence was provided by any party.
According to a recent study, incremental alarms help prevent firefighter heart rates from reaching extreme highs. And that could help curb a leading cause of firefighter deaths.
A state court has ruled an insurance company must cover a fire truck manufacturer against claims from firefighters who say sirens on the manufacturer's trucks have caused hearing loss.
Because firefighter protective hoods do not stop soot and chemicals from depositing on a firefighter's neck and head a new NFPA bulletin recommends that fire departments establish practices for care and maintenance of this piece of equipment.
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In a unique residential facility in Maryland, firefighters suffering from PTSD, depression, substance abuse and other disorders developed on the job are being treated among their own in a place created to make them feel comfortable opening up about their problems.
The B.C. First Responders' Mental Health Committee, chaired by WorkSafe BC, recently brought around 350 people together in Richmond BC to work towards removing the stigma of mental illness often experienced by first responders struggling to deal with extraordinary stress.
Chemical detox infrared saunas are being used in some fire departments to help firefighters purge toxins from their bodies after attending fires.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital developed a sleep health program incorporating sleep health education and sleep disorder screening. Findings of their study showed a nearly 50 percent reduction in long term disability days among those who participated, as well as a reduction in risk of injury among firefighters who attended sleep health education programs.
A University of Ottawa study has found exposure to flames and smoke while fighting fires leaves firefighters with significantly higher levels of toxins on their skin and in their urine.
The Tokyo Fire Department recently unveiled its new testing room where extreme climate conditions can be artificially created. The testing room will be used to conduct research on countering heatstroke in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to develop firefighting equipment.
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