Police and Firefighters

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Oct 31, 2019
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.

Source: ESR

Sep 27, 2019
Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires


This website, provided by the USEPA provides resources for workers and the public related to risks related to wildfires, including smoke.

Source: EPA

Apr 22, 2019
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.

Source: Corrections.com

May 29, 2018
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.

Source: NIOSH

May 16, 2018
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.

Source: P/S

Feb 27, 2018
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.

Source: AJPM

Aug 18, 2017
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.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 12, 2017
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.

Source: FEMA

Jan 12, 2017
Forest Service Fire Operations Risk Management Council


Forest Service Fire Operations Risk Management CouncilWildland Fire Operations Risk Management Council serves to facilitate and promote wildland firefighter safety.

Source: USFS

Jan 12, 2017


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.

Source: CDC