In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about concerns within the volunteer fire service impacting both the organization and the community. Areas that Kevin speaks about include training & certification, membership, issuance of Fire Taxes, NFPA Standards, accountability, leadership, and legislation.
Before the podcast begins, Kevin take time to remember the tragic Station Nightclub fire that occurred on February 20, 2003 that killed 100 people and injured another 230.
Kevin encourages audience members to discuss issues he speaks about among themselves as well as discussing them as comments on whatever platform audience members are listening to the podcast on.
As the episode continues, Kevin speaks about PFAS and the need to have blood tests conducted as well as the need to file exposure reports after each time firefighters don turnout gear.
As the episode closes, Kevin speaks about PFAS legislation and the EPA's Lifetime Health Advisory about PFAS and how legislation and the EPA need to reduce acceptable levels to zero because PFAS is a man-made chemical and does not naturally develop within the human body.
Station Nightclub Fire Video
NIST Investigation of Station Nightclub Fire
First In Wellness
Pennsylvania Fire Departments Facing Volunteerism Emergency
Pennsylvania Does Not Require Volunteer Firefighters to be Trained
Eurofins / EmpowerDX PFAS Blood Test Kit
Michael Lecik Military Firefighter Protection Act
Lawsuits Claim Chemicals in Firefighter's Protective Gear Cause Devastating Illnesses
DuPont Chemical Political Contribution Recipients by State
DoD Firefighter PFAS Blood Test Results Survey
Email Host Kevin Ferrara: firstname.lastname@example.org
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