Police and Firefighters
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Cal/OSHA Advises Employers to Protect Workers Against Smoke from Wildfires
On October 27, 2019, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) – an agency more commonly known as Cal/OSHA that helps protect the health and safety of employees in California workplaces – advised employers to protect workers from harmful exposure if the air quality is unhealthy due to the smoke from the wildfires in Northern and Southern California.
Fighting Stress in the Law Enforcement Community
This article summarizes research related to stress, and the impact of stress on police and corrections officers, written by Jim Dawson & National Institute for Justice and published: 04/22/2019.
What Wildland Fire Fighters Need to Know about Rhabdomyolysis
Rhabdomyolysis (often called rhabdo) is the breakdown of damaged muscle tissue that releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood. These things can damage the heart and kidneys, result in permanent disability, and can even be fatal! Rhabdomyolysis can be caused by exertion and becoming overheated.
The Mysterious Long-Term Effects of Inhaling Smoke from Forest Fires
For residents of Seeley Lake, Montana where the geography is maximally suited to retain smoke, impacts of wildfire smoke inhalation is a serious concern. While the short-term health impacts are alarming, they are, at least, easily studied. On the other hand, physicians know almost nothing about the chronic and long-term effects of such events.
Nonfatal Injuries to Law Enforcement Officers: A Rise in Assaults
This article in press of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, shares National Electronic Injury Surveillance System−Occupational Supplement data demonstrate a significant upward trend in assault injuries among U.S. law enforcement officers and this warrants further investigation.
Emergency Medical Services Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures
This fact sheet highlights results from a four-year study capturing data from EMS workers treated in emergency departments and provides recommendations for prevention.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a mission to lead the effort to effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident.
More and more people make their homes in areas that are prone to wildfires. You can take steps to be ready for a wildfire and prepare your home and landscaping to reduce your risk.