January/February issue of NFPA Journal looks at how the fire service is confronting the opioid epidemic; ways that health care facilities are addressing risks; the behavioral needs of the fire service; and more

January 18, 2017 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), examines the role of the fire service on the front lines of the opioid epidemic as the nation grapples with increasing addiction issues, a record number of overdoses and a drain on resources. 

In the cover story, “No Easy Fix,” Associate Editor Jesse Roman looks at the Safe Stations program in Manchester, New Hampshire, which began last May and encourages drug addicts seeking help to visit one of the city’s 10 fire stations. Community engagement and cooperation from public and private organizations, health departments, local charities, and church groups have been key to the program’s success. As first responders across the country increasingly respond to repeat calls and are administering the opiate reversal medicine naloxone (commonly known as brand name Narcan) at an alarming rate, local fire departments, like Manchester, are thinking differently about the opioid crisis and assuming a larger role in finding solutions.

Also featured in the issue:

  • Defining Risk: What health care providers, facility designers, and enforcers need to know about the risk-based approach of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities.
  • The Air in There: Hyperbaric chambers have been touted for their healing and restorative powers, but a proliferation of the devices has experts concerned about the potential fire hazard and are advocating for chambers to be carefully built and maintained. The number of clinical hyperbaric facilities has significantly grown, but even more concerning is the surge in freestanding or non-affiliated hyperbaric facilities in the U.S. 
  • We Drove Like We Were Crazy: Firefighting in the past had few rules or established procedures, which resulted in an alarming number of firefighter injuries and deaths. The adoption of NFPA 1500, Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, in 1987, began to change that. Decades later, some of the key architects of the standard recount its story so far.
  • In “Perspectives:” Michael Marturano, safety officer for St. Luke’s, a health care system in Duluth, Minnesota, talks about how to prepare for active shooter events in hospitals and other health care settings.
  • In “Outreach:” NFPA’s Lorraine Carli emphasizes the importance of sharing fire safety tips with the approximately 300,000 U.S. students studying abroad as part of their college experience.

Read the digital version of the January/February 2017 issue, featuring hyperlinked content and ads, using the NFPA Journal mobile app. The app is available for iOS and Android devices and is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For information visit www.nfpa.org/journalapps.

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