Articles

The Importance of Daily Activity

Americans are becoming increasingly more sedentary. At our jobs, what were once physical tasks are becoming more automated and many of us spend eight to 10 hours a day seated in front of a computer. For our children, lack of activity is just as bad. Not only have gym classes been reduced to 30 minutes […]

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Staying Cool Under Fire: Mental Health Tips for Firefighters

Dr. Stephen Odom, President, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, New Vista Behavioral Health For those in the fire and rescue field, traumatic events are par for the course. While it can be rewarding to help those in need, that work can take a toll. Maintaining good mental health is essential to performing at your best […]

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We Can Do Better: Injury Prevention Is Up to All of Us

By Kimberly Quiros, National Volunteer Fire Council Chief of Communications Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, but there are many steps that can be taken to lessen the risks. Injury prevention is not an abstract concept – it is something we have control over and can prioritize for ourselves and our departments. Take, for example, […]

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Staying Cool Under Pressure: Mental Health Tips for Firefighters

Dr. Stephen Odom, President, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, New Vista Behavioral Health For those in the fire and rescue field, traumatic events are par for the course. While it can be rewarding to help those in need, that work can take a toll. Maintaining good mental health is essential to performing at your best […]

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Stop Poisoning Yourself!

By Richard Russotti, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Starting and maintaining a fitness program is a lot like being a firefighter … both can be difficult. While firefighters rely on their solid knowledge of building construction, hydraulics and fire behavior, the world of fitness and dieting is full of conflicting information that can derail even […]

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Hypertension: A Serious Health Concern for America, A Deadly Health Concern for Firefighters

By Robert Blaufarb, Director of Health and Wellness – Mamaroneck Fire Department Hypertension (high blood pressure) afflicts over 1 billion people over 25 years old worldwide. This represents 40 percent of the world in this age group. This serious health concern is responsible for over 9 million deaths worldwide. Blood pressure is measured by an instrument […]

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Hold the Line

By Alex Ruckh, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Social media in today’s age is a double-edged sword. Organizations live and die by them. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube … all available at your fingertips to use 24/7/365. Depending on your age, these apps are second nature to operate or like brain surgery to figure out. They […]

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Serving Strong Means Focusing on Health

Firefighters juggle a lot of responsibilities, but one area they often lose focus on is their health. Unfortunately, this can lead to tragic consequences. How many reports have you seen of a firefighter having a heart attack while on-duty or a firefighter diagnosed with cancer? Odds are you probably know someone that has been impacted […]

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Physical Strength, Mental Toughness and Moral Focus: Your Personal 360

By Chief Marc Bashoor There are common threads to operational and mortal issues affecting the fire service and firefighter growth and development. Similar to the operational 360 that we should all be using to size-up fire scenes, let’s take a look at our own personal 360. I’m not talking about walking around your fire truck […]

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Making Fitness a Part of the Fight

By Robert Blaufarb, Mamaroneck Fire Department Director of Health and Wellness Mission Statement: The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department is committed to the achievement of the highest quality of health and wellness for our men and women and their families. Philosophy: To achieve optimal health and fitness throughout the firefighter’s career and facilitate maximum health […]

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