Training Articles

October 10, 2016

Out of the Frying Pan…

Modern household appliances and furnishings present new dangers to firefighters, increasing their exposure to cardiovascular and chemical risk in the line of duty.

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October 10, 2016

Emergency Response Procedures: Explosions

Advice on how to handle explosions at your district regardless of their cause. For more details on this and other crisis procedures, visit our publications page on the CSD Pool website for a free Emergency Response Procedures guide book.

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October 10, 2016

Should Your Team Warm Up Before They Head Out?

Before every workout, big game, or match, athletes warm up or stretch to raise their heart rates and body temperature. This process makes them more alert and improves response times. If this works well for athletes, it may work well for you and your employees.

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March 30, 2016

Responding to Violence in the Workplace

All too often, we hear about acts of violence taking place at work. Whether you work in a plant, shop, movie theater, office, or park, the danger is the same.

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January 19, 2016

Nine Elements of a Sound and Successful Project Site Specific Plan

A Project Site Specific Plan (PSSP) is a critical and practical part of ensuring safety on a worksite. An effective plan gives contractors the opportunity to list the hazards their workers will encounter on the site so that they can identify and implement corrective actions before work begins.

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January 19, 2016

Fitness For Duty: Understanding the National Fire Protection Agency’s 1582 Standards for Physical Fitness

Considering the physical nature of the job and the dangerous environments in which firefighters operate, there is considerable risk of injury, disability or death if fire service personnel return to work environments in which they are not physically prepared to fully function.

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July 14, 2015

Emergency Response Procedures: Responding to Broken Pipes

Breaks in water pipes can occur suddenly at any time of the year, though most commonly in winter. No matter the weather outside, these events can cause tremendous damage to the inside of your facility.

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July 14, 2015

Beware Poisonous Snakes When Working Outdoors this Summer

From exposure to extreme temperatures and harmful UV rays, inclement weather, vector-borne diseases, and a whole host of poisonous plants and animals to worry about, it’s important for district employees to know their risks when working outdoors this summer. Perhaps none of these threats send a shiver down the spine quite like the threat of a potentially deadly snake bite.

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July 13, 2015

The Seven Elements of Successful Emergency Action Planning

For most of us, our familiarity with emergency evacuations goes all the way back to childhood. When the school’s fire alarm sounded, we lined up and moved outside in an orderly fashion as the teacher kept an eye on everyone. We may not have understood why the school sent us out into the cold every month or so, but the teachers and principal did.

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July 13, 2015

Foundational Elements of a Successful Accident Prevention Program

Accident prevention cannot be viewed as a “one size fits all” approach. Yet that is exactly what occurs in the public sector too often. Occasionally, there are valid reasons for this, i.e. the lack of full-time loss control and/or risk management professionals to build a comprehensive program.

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