August 17, 2020 / 

Stations: ‘Clean’ is a Personal Mindset

Looking back over 30 years, the fire service has seen many lifesaving changes for firefighters, including enclosed cabs, seat belts and thermal imaging cameras. In addition, we began to place an emphasis on higher education and physical fitness. Recently, firefighter cancers, PTSD, mental health, Hot Zones, decontamination and now, a “clean” mindset.

The challenges of trying to change the fire service culture on seat belts came to mind while viewing the recent VFIS video Innovating the Industry, which focuses on an innovative look at the Central Valley Fire District in Belgrade, MT, and a “crew-first” approach to designing its new Station 1.

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