Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Fire Fighters
This product is an alert about why fire departments must review their safety programs and emergency operating procedures.
The Development of Criteria for Fire Fighters’ Gloves Volume II: Glove Criteria and Test Methods
This product includes test methods used to develop criteria for firefighters’ (SIC-9224) gloves. Glove requirements in relation to protection, fit, design, and visibility are reviewed. Test procedures are provided for assessing resistance to static and dynamic cut, static and dynamic puncture, heat, electricity, water, and flame, and for evaluating dexterity and durability.
Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Hot Environments
This criteria document is contained in PDF files, for ease of handling. The table of contents allows you to open or download the files containing the sections of the document you want to see.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Respiratory Protection Handbook
This handbook has standards for performance and design standards for respiratory protective devices (RPDs) to protect against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards and toxic industrial chemicals.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Office
This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Office. The NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Office (EPRO) prepares for and responds to chemical, biological, radiological, and natural events.
Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Disease Prevention Program
This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work of the NIOSH Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Disease Prevention (CRC) Program. The program works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia.
Respiratory Health Program
This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work of the NIOSH Respiratory Health Program. The mission of the program is to provide national and international leadership to prevent work-related respiratory diseases and optimize workers’ respiratory health.
NIOSH Western States Division Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides a broad overview of the safety and health research conducted by the Western States Division (WSD), the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, and how to contact the Division. WSD conducts research to reduce a wide variety of occupational safety and health hazards and has three office locations in Spokane, WA, Denver, CO and Anchorage, AK.
Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments
This revision includes additional information about the physiological changes that result from heat stress; updated information from relevant studies, such as those on caffeine use; evidence to redefine heat stroke and associated symptoms; and updated information on physiological monitoring and personal protective equipment and clothing that can be used to control heat stress.
Protecting Emergency Responders – Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response
This report addresses the protection of emergency responders against injury, illness, and death on just such rare occasions, when emergencies become disasters. It focuses on preparedness (especially planning and training) and management as means of controlling and reducing the hazards emergency responders face.
A Summary of Health Hazard Evaluations: Issues Related to Occupational Exposure to Fire Fighters
The purpose of this document is to amass the past decade of firefighting HHEs in a concise format for easy reference and examination by NIOSH researchers, customers, and partners. Any individual reports or letters of interest can easily be requested.
Infographic Fire Aerial Ladders – Improving Ease and Safety with Smaller Rung Spacing
Currently, fire aerial ladders have 14” rung spacing, which may not be the best ergonomic design for firefighters. Researchers tested 12” rung spacing and compared it to 14” rung spacing.
Emergency Responder Safety Institute
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute serves as an informal advisory panel of public safety leaders committed to reducing deaths and injuries to America’s emergency responders when they respond to emergencies on or along our nation’s streets, roads and highways.
- LODDs on the Roadway Training Module
This training module is one of many offered by ERSI and provides a brief summary of four separate NIOSH FFFIPP Line of Duty Death (LODD) reports involving roadway/struck-by fatalities. This course provides participants with the ability to identify roadway hazards and focuses on actions that can be implemented to prevent similar LODDs.
Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA)
The Fire Department Safety Officers Association was established in 1989 as a non-profit Association, incorporated in Massachusetts. Its mission is to promote safety standards and practices in the fire, rescue and emergency services community.
International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Established in 1873, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is a powerful network of more than 12,000 chief fire and emergency officers. Our members are the world’s leading experts in fire fighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search & rescue, and public safety legislation.
- IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section
The IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section was established to provide a specific component within the IAFC to concentrate on policies and issues relating to the health and safety of firefighters. The IAFC has always considered health and safety to be one of the most important areas of concern for all fire chiefs and has initiated or participated in a long list of programs related to health and safety
- IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section
The mission of the IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section is to produce a comprehensive framework to assist communities and their fire and emergency service leaders to create and maintain dynamic organizations.
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
The International Association of Fire Fighters has more than 2,700 affiliates, representing fire fighters in more than 3,500 communities in the U.S. and Canada. The 263,000 members of the IAFF are the nation’s full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics, who protect the lives and property of 80 percent of the nation’s population.
National Association of State Fire Marshals
The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) represents the most senior fire official of each of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. State Fire Marshals’ responsibilities vary from state to state, but Marshals tend to be responsible for fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising Governors and State Legislatures on fire protection. Some State Fire Marshals are responsible for fire fighter training, hazardous materials incident responses, wildland fires and the regulation of natural gas and other pipelines.
National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.
- Everyone Goes Home
Provides general line-of-duty death and injury prevention programming.
- Everyone Goes Home: Firefighter Life Safety
Links firefighters and their family members with behavioral health resources.
National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System
The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive and secure reporting system with the goal of improving fire fighter safety.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
A worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Engineering Laboratory
The Engineering Laboratory promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas of critical national priority by anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs for technology-intensive manufacturing, construction, and cyber-physical systems, including the Smart Grid Program Office in ways that enhance economic prosperity and improve the quality of life.
- Fire.Gov – Better fire fighting through research
The Fire.Gov website is maintained by NIST EL as a means to provide training materials, videos, fire reconstructions, and research reports that may be of interest to the fire service. The Fire.Gov electronic newsletter will continue to be an important part of the website.
- Fire.Gov – Better fire fighting through research
National Interagency Fire Center
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is the nation’s support center for wildlandfirefighting. Seven federal and state agencies call NIFC home and work together to coordinate and support wildland fire and disaster operations. These agencies include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Association of State Foresters, National Weather Service, and Office of Aircraft Services.
National Volunteer Fire Council
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is a non-profit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the information source regarding legislation, standards and regulatory issues.
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
The purpose of NWCG is to establish an operational group designed to coordinate programs of the participating wildfire management agencies.
Society of Fire Protection Engineers
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers was established in 1950 and incorporated as in independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has approximately 3500 members in the United States and abroad, and 51 regional chapters, 10 of which are outside the US.
The purpose of the Society is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA/FEMA)
As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support.
FireRescue1’s mission is to provide firefighters with the information and resources that make them better able to protect their communities and stay safer on the job. The FireRescue1 Network includes more than 300,000 registered firefighting professionals and 400,000 followers across Facebook and Twitter. FireRescue1.com is changing the way in which the fire service finds relevant news, watches online video, locates training information and researches product purchases.