Infectious Disease: What You Can't See Might Kill You

Today's fire and EMS vehicles are just basically a rolling emergency room that makes house visits multiple times a day. In years past we have had a worries about infectious disease transmission, but in today's world we must stop and not only be patient...

Thank you for being who you are and caring enough to read and learn more about ways to make your department better. Remember to take a moment during the 2010 Fire/EMS Health, Safety & Survival week to review what you can do to make your next EMS run safer. Be safe everyone and thank you for serving!

RYAN PENNINGTON, a Contributing Editor, is a firefighter/paramedic with the Charleston, WV, Fire Department. He is currently assigned to Station 7 and a member of the West Virginia Task Force 1 USAR team. He has over 15 years of combined fire, rescue and EMS experience. Ryan is currently a West Virginia State Instructor 2, Hazmat Technician, and Certified Fire Officer 2. Ryan was a guest on the Engine Company Operations in Today's Buildings podcast on Radio@Firehouse. You can reach Ryan by e-mail at