Archive for February 3rd, 2017

Cancer in the fire service (more)

Excerpts from

NFPA has issued a firefighter protective hood safety bulletin as the fire service grapples with PPE contaminants and increases in job-related cancer.
Firefighters and their PPE are exposed to a wide range of toxins. According to a study by the CDC and NIOSH, firefighters have a higher chance of developing more than a dozen different cancers than the general population.

Firefighter thermal/flame protective hoods do not stop soot and chemicals from depositing on areas that are extremely vulnerable to dermal exposure. The hoods are designed to protect a firefighter’s head and neck, but they are not built to prevent toxins from being absorbed into a firefighter’s skin. The greatest number of carcinogens enter a firefighter’s body through the lungs; with the skin being the second most concerning access route. Furthermore, if the hoods are not properly cleaned, the toxins will linger in the hoods and rub against the firefighter’s skin.
NFPA is currently working on three research projects related to contamination, PPE and cancer. In the meantime, the protective hood bulletin recommends that fire departments educate personnel on PPE care and maintenance in accordance with NFPA 1851, the Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.

ProtectiveHoodBulletin to keep firefighters safer from carcinogens and hazardous substances. For additional information, visit NFPA’s PPE cleaning page.

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Sauk Village fire engine for sale

This from Brad Steinweg:

While on Craigslist, I came across Sauk Village’s engine 5100. Not sure if they have a new rig on order to replace it or if they are just selling it.
-Brad S.
fire engine for sale

Sauk Village FD photo

fire engine for sale

Sauk Village FD photo

1995 spartan s&s firetruck – $25000 (sauk village il)

1995 Spartan s&s custom built for sale 1500gpm Darley pump rebuilt last year 750 gallon tank 21,000 miles. Runs great

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Of interest … West Suburban Firemen’s Association

This from Brian Murphy:

“This scan is from a September 1974 Chicago Suburban Tribune pictorial highlighting an LPG fire training event at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. It was sponsored by the old West Suburban Fireman’s Association.  If you look closely, you’ll see guys from Batavia, Wheaton and Villa Park.  If anyone recognizes someone, feel free to share.  Enjoy!”
Chicago Tribune suburban edition nes clipping from 9/25/74

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New engine for Antioch FD

The Antioch Fire Department recently took delivery of a new Freightliner M2106/Rosenbauer MP3 commercial pumper for Engine 3.

Antioch FD Engine 3

New unit for Antioch Engine 3. Freightliner/Rosenbauer. Tim Olk photo

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