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Public Safety Program

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The Public Safety Program is based on one of ten sector groupings within the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). It has five sub-sectors: fire service, law enforcement, corrections, emergency medical service, and wildland fire service.

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Improving EMS Worker Safety through Ambulance Design and Testing
NIOSH and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate have worked together to develop a 7-part video series featuring new ambulance crash test methods which aims to keep EMS workers and their patients safe during ambulance transport.

Storm, Flood, and Hurricane Response
Workers and volunteers involved with flood cleanup should be aware of the potential dangers involved, and the proper safety precautions. Work-related hazards that could be encountered include: electrical hazards, carbon monoxide, musculoskeletal hazards, heat stress, motor vehicles, hazardous materials, fire, confined spaces, and falls.

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Prompts Fire Hose Performance Testing and Revised Standards
Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as firefighter turnout gear, is vital in firefighting operations. Turnout gear offers thermal protection to keep firefighters safe. Hoselines are also important protective equipment for fire crews entering burning buildings. However, hoselines have been damaged during recent firefighting operations.

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