February 23, 2021 | View as webpage
Dear FireRescue1 Member,

In this month's Safety & Health eNews, Chris Simpson describes the impact of realistic immersion training when compared to "standard" firefighter exercise, and Jim Spell provides a timely guide on dry ice handling and hazards for firefighters tasked with vaccine storage and transportation. Also, Richard Birt outlines six steps for staying safe while battling solar panel and energy storage system fires.

Plus, I encourage you to check out FireRescue1’s latest free downloadable eBook, “The Big 3: Training &Tactics for Residential, High-Rise & Warehouse Fires,” which details training and tactics for all three incident types – and how to stay safe at each.

Take care and be safe.

Janelle Foskett
Editor-in-Chief, FireRescue1.com

Comparing firefighters’ ‘standard’ exercise vs. immersion training
By Chris Simpson 
Research shows the physiological impacts of training in realistic conditions to prepare the body for the job
Vaccine storage: A firefighter’s guide to dry ice handling and hazards
By Jim Spell 
As departments are tasked with moving, packing and unpacking the vaccines, firefighters must be mindful of carbon dioxide dangers
6 steps to safe, effective solar panel, ESS fire attack
By Richard Birt 
How to maintain firefighter safety while mitigating an incident involving solar panels or energy storage systems
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‘You can’t save anybody if you don’t save yourself first’: 4 firefighter cancer stories
By Robert Avsec 
Personal reflections on diagnosis, support systems, treatment, recovery and the path ahead
Bars in volunteer firehouses: Weighing the safety and liability issues
By Curt Varone  
Providing alcohol in the firehouse can serve as a mechanism to encourage socialization, but this also creates liability issues
What firefighters need to know about electric car batteries
By Robert Rielage 
Understanding how they are made and what happens when they fail will keep firefighters safer at electric-powered car fires
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