CANCER: THE INVISIBLE FIREFIGHTER KILLER

Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis and an illness that has recently been revealed to pose a great threat to members of the fire service. As firefighters we are exposed to significant carcinogenic chemicals and vapors on a daily basis. These exposures are taking their toll.

Recent studies have indicated that firefighters have twice the risk of developing certain cancers when compared to the general population. The statistics are scary, but this information has brought light to the risks and provided direction for preventing and avoiding exposure to dangerous carcinogens.

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THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY OF CAMERAS IN THE FIRE SERVICE

firefighter helmet cameraLet’s face it, in todays world, cameras are everywhere. Between the news media and reality television, people are addicted to capturing and sharing every facet of life. There are plenty of great benefits that stem from this; however, there are also potential concerns we should all be thinking about, especially as Firefighters. 

These days nearly everyone carries a cell phone with some type of photo and video capability. It’s not uncommon to look up from a rescue or fire scene and see a line of people holding their cell phones in front of them capturing the chaos and along with it, everything you are doing. Couple that with the growing number of surveillance cameras in homes and businesses and it’s not far-fetched to assume our actions are always being caught on camera. [Read more…]

THE FIREFIGHTER HIRING PROCESS

Firefighters 650 x 333The Firefighter hiring process can be long and complex. There are several phases to the hiring process and unfortunately many aspiring candidates have no idea where to begin or how to improve their chances for success. If you are serious about a career in the fire service, you need to meticulously plan for each phase of the hiring process.
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STILL NOT A FIREFIGHTER? HERE’S WHY!

Modern Fire Engine Blog LogoAre you trying to become a professional Firefighter, but haven’t found success yet? You’re in good company.

Firefighter positions are extremely competitive and Fire Department tests bring out thousands of people who are pursuing the same dream. Candidates come from all walks of life. For some, their first application and test leads to success. For others, the process goes on for years, taking test after test, with no success achieving their dream. [Read more…]