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Man overboard cases down by half; still No. 2 killer

National Fisherman reports that since 2000, overboard deaths have declined by at least 47 percent. The decline in overboard deaths is likely the result of having consistent safety training for commercial fishermen. Samantha Case, an epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health suggests that overboard deaths could be more preventable with proper safety training and being able to target risk factors associated with specific regions.

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The Economic Cost Of The Opioid Crisis

New research emerged this week about the impact of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services, joined WBUR and Julie Burns of RIZE Massachusetts for a conversation about the study from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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Training for perilous work

The Martha’s Vineyard Times highlights the Safety & Survival and Drill Conductor training Fishing Partnership Support Services hosted on the island in early November. Ed Dennehy, Director of Safety Training for Fishing Partnership Support Services, underscores the importance of safety training for all commercial fishermen.

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Luis Catala Safety Training Coordinator is featured on The Vineyard Current

Luis Catala, Safety Training Coordinator for Fishing Partnership Support Services speaks about the importance of attending safety training. He notes that many fishermen come back a second or third time to safety training as a refresher, and how he hopes more fishermen are able to attend in the future.

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Fish safety goes global

National Fishermen highlights the International Fishing Industry Safety & Health Conference, which included discussion on the health and safety of fishermen and evaluating best practices. Fishing Partnership Support Services along with other organizations were one of the Sponsors who helped to make this conference happen.

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Fishing Partnership Offering More Free Safety Training Courses

Cape Cod promotes Free Safety Training offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services. Ed Dennehy, Director of Safety, underscores that this training has properly trained fishermen to deal with emergency situations at sea. It is known to have saved lives as well have prevented serious injuries.

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Fishing Partnership Offering Fishermen Certified Safety Training

Cape Cod Today promotes the Safety and Survival Training offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services to commercial fishermen at no cost.

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Researchers Try To Build A Better Life Jacket To Keep Lobstermen Alive

WBUR News reports on a 16-year study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The study describes how in Massachusetts, fatal falls overboard makeup 22 percent of deaths among commercial fishermen. In every case, the fall becomes fatal because lobstermen are not wearing life jackets. This article dives into why lobstermen are not wearing their life jackets on board.

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Deadliest catch: Free training gives fishermen lifesaving skills

The New Bedford Standard-Times and South Coast Today write about the Fishing Partnership safety and survival training at the UMass Dartmouth campus in New Bedford. Ed Dennehy, Fishing Partnership Support Services Director of Safety Training, highlights the importance of the safety and survival training course.

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Finding help for addicted fishermen

The Boston Globe reports on Department of Public Health analysis showing fishermen are five times more likely to die of opioid overdoses than other Massachusetts workers. Tyler Miranda speaks about his recovery. J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services, addresses how Fishing Partnerships has been working to fight the stigma at the dock and providing Narcan training as part of their CPR/First Aid training programs for fishermen.

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