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FDNY Union Warns of Possible Injuries Due to Engine Company Cuts

Many engine companies within the FDNY will be operating with fewer firefighters now that New York City has invoked a contract clause reducing crews from five to four people. Though the trucks can be manned by four firefighters, the affected engine companies used the fifth as a “wild card” to increase safety for both colleagues […]

FDNY Takes Action against Dangerous Escape Rooms

The popular pastime known as the escape room has triggered serious safety concerns, leading the FDNY to shut down several outlets throughout the city. These attractions give visitors the sensation of being trapped in a locked space from which they must escape using their own wits. However, inspectors have found that the danger in some […]

What Is the Firefighter Cancer Support Network? 

According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, cancer caused more than half of firefighter line-of-duty deaths over a 15-year period. Various conditions associated with the job lead to cancer of the lungs, kidneys and gastrointestinal system. These issues can be tough to face and finding trustworthy information can be a serious challenge. Fortunately, a […]

New York State Law Requires Upgrades to Home Smoke Detectors

Residential property owners looking to sell their homes and landlords must make sure that their smoke detection systems comply with a new state law that takes effect April 1, 2019. Smoke alarms now must run either on 10-year sealed batteries or be hardwired to the home. This measure was actually passed in 2015, but New […]

New York City’s Emergency Worker Shortage Has Become a Crisis

Ambulances are empty and response times have increased as New York City’s fire department deals with a serious shortfall in its emergency medical technician force. Many factors have contributed to this dangerous situation. Long hours, high-intensity work and the possibility of serious injuries can discourage people from taking or remaining in these important jobs. Making […]

Does a Firefighter Need a Will?

Mortality is never a comfortable topic for discussion, but firefighters need to confront it, because they face the risk of dying every time they answer an alarm. If you’re a firefighter, it’s important to ask yourself what would become of your loved ones if you were suddenly gone. You might say, “That’s what I’ve got […]

Innovative Firefighter Hoods Could Help Protect Against Cancer

Firefighters face danger every time they answer a call, and while their gear provides certain protections, exposed areas of skin remain at risk. Cancer-causing particulates from smoke and soot can enter the uncovered areas of a firefighter’s nose, mouth, eyes, or pores. That’s why the socklike garments known as hoods, which cover the exposed skin […]

Important Tax Issues for Firefighters

As 2018 draws to a close, there is rare good news regarding taxation, as reported in Fortune magazine: according to research from Morgan Stanley, taxpayers can expect refunds to be up 26 percent over last year. Of course, to minimize your tax bill without getting a threatening letter from the IRS, it’s important to be […]

UFOA Participates in Program to Help New York Firefighters Monitor Blood Pressure

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City, or UFOA, recently partnered with digital health firm Qardio and Mount Sinai Health in a program to help firefighters monitor their blood pressure levels without having to take time off from their jobs. The partnership follows a nine-month hypertension pilot involving select firefighters who were monitored […]

PTSD Linked to Heart Attacks & Strokes in World Trade Center First Responders

Even after 17 years, we still have a lot to learn about the negative health effects experienced by 9/11 first responders. A recent study exploring the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, for first responders sheds some light on just how much danger these heroes are in. The study found that first responders with […]

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