Firefighter Contamination Reduction and Cancer Prevention
Location: Margaretville Fire Department
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 1830hrs - 2130hrs Description: Occupational cancer due to firefighting is a silent killer. Firefighters face a 9% increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14% increase in cancer related deaths. Unlike many tragic events that take firefighters' lives, many firefighters are dying due to firefighting related cancers. Unfortunately, many of these deaths often go unnoticed. Learn how to take steps to help prevent these deaths from occurring. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control has announced a major initiative to help protect its staff, New York State's firefighters, and their families from the occupational threat of cancer. The initiative is a combination of awareness and education about the cancer threat with actions and policies that help to reduce the threat.
Firefighter Self Rescue (Firefighter Survival)
Location: Fire Training Center, Hamden
Dates: Monday, 10/30, 1830 - 2130hrs Wednesday, 11/1, 1830 - 2130hrs Saturday, 11/4, 0900 - 1600hrs Instructor: Mark Degraw, NYS SFI Description: Based on Chief John Salka's "Get Out Alive" program, this program is designed for self-rescue and rescue of trapped firefighters. Course content will enable firefighters to recognize the types of events encountered on the fire ground that contribute to firefighter disorientation and/or entrapment, to have knowledge of what is necessary to ensure their safety and that of their partners or crew members, and perform self-rescue techniques when disoriented, separated, or when needing to exit a structure in an emergency. This course requires students to perform a number of practical evolutions with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This course includes the National Fire Academy Calling the Mayday. Pre-requisites: Chiefs Authorization and Firefighter 1 or equivalent.