By

Nick Chiechi
FEMA has announced that it will open a second round of COVID-19 response grants this fall as part of its Supplemental Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. The purpose of Assistance to Firefighters Grant-Supplemental (AFG-S) is to award grants directly to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations and State Fire Training Academies to enhance their ability to...
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Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, but many people don’t realize that flames and smoke are not the only threats to their health and safety. During and after battling a blaze, firefighters can be exposed to harmful carcinogens that can have lasting health effects if not handled appropriately. A FEMA study showed that infrequent cleaning of...
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Prevent the spread of the coronavirus and promote provider health and safety with frequent and effective ambulance decontamination The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in EMS protocols, especially when it comes to disinfecting the ambulance. Less than half of respondents in a 2018 EMS1 survey said the patient care compartment was decontaminated after every call...
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Reducing cancer as well as creating awareness around the importance of establishing Decontamination protocols in the fire service is at the heart of Emergency DECON Services mission.  As fellow firefighters, we are all aware that the personal protective equipment (PPE) we use to protect us becomes contaminated after structure fires as well as training fire...
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Factor #1: Understanding Log Kills When disinfecting a surface or decontaminating a facility, the efficacy of a product is measured by its log reduction, also commonly known as log kills. The term comes from the logarithm scale, which is used to indicate the percentage of bacteria killed. The term “log reduction” indicates a 10-fold reduction,...
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