Entries by jon.erickson

Off duty firefighter killed when his motorcycle hits a bear

Last night, the Bend Fire Department suffered a tragic loss. Rhett Larsen, a BFD engineer, was killed in an off duty traffic accident while traveling on HWY 26, he is survived by his family. Rhett was not only an exceptional firefighter, he was a loyal friend, respected mentor, and loving father. The loss of such […]

Fire Fighters Respond to All Hazards and Save Lives

Today’s professional fire fighters are trained to respond to all kinds of emergencies – a big difference from their predecessors 25 years ago. Emergency medical response, building collapse/search and rescue, high angle rescue, hazardous materials incidents, automobile accidents, swift water rescue, wildland fire fighting, infectious disease cases, domestic terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and active […]

Cancer Awareness and Prevention

The IAFF and its affiliates continue to educate our members on cancer awareness and the reduction of exposure risks. Numerous fire fighter cancer studies, including the NIOSH study, show that the occupation of firefighting has a higher rate of certain cancers than the general population. The IAFF’s online Cancer Awareness and Prevention course IAFF Online […]