Tag Archives: health

Health Issues as Wildfire Smoke Hits Millions in U.S.

Spike in emergency room visits     By MATTHEW BROWN and CAMILLE FASSETT The Associated Press SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed ...

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Pandemic Adds Risk to Dangerous Job of Firefighting

Any outbreak that ripples through a camp could easily sideline crews     By MATT VOLZ Kaiser Health News HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Jon Paul was leery entering his first wildfire camp of the year late last month to fight ...

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New International Distribution Agreement Vallfirest x De-Wipe®

The only biodegradable decontaminating wipes able to block the entry of contaminants by the skin     Valfirest What is De-Wipe®? The only biodegradable decontaminating wipes on the market capable of removing 99% of the contaminants on the skin and ...

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Xtreme Mask, The Latest Advance in Respiratory Protection for Wildfires

A multipurpose device that offers a complete protection of the face and the face and respiratory tract against particles, gases and vapors. Vallfirest – Wildland firefighters are exposed to several labor risks; heat, humidity, radiation, incandescent particles, microparticles, nanoparticles, smoke, ...

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Alaska Interagency COVID-19, PPE Training

Hygiene and PPE donning and doffing     Alaska DNR DOF – This video produced by the Alaska Interagency Wildland Fire Medic Program explains what COVID-19 is, its signs and symptoms, how it spreads, how to prevent the spread and ...

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Report: Broad Risk of COVID-19 at Wildfire Camps

Evaluating best- and worst-case scenarios     By REBECCA BOONE Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Outbreaks of the coronavirus could sweep through large camps where crews typically stay as they fight wildfires across the U.S., according to a federal ...

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New Medical Exams Required for Alaska Federal Firefighters

Applies to those working for Alaska Fire Service   FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — People wanting to fight wildfires in Alaska will have to submit to a medical examination before working for the federal government’s Alaska Fire Service. The new requirement ...

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Study Finds Decline in Health, Reaction Time Among Wildland Firefighters

Sleep and nutrition eyed in larger study By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Randy Brooks’ son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at ...

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Report: Critical Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service

USFA and NVFC highlight issues related to health and safety   National Volunteer Fire Council The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has released the results of a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) that studied firefighter occupational health ...

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