Articles

Beating Firefighter Cancer May Be a One-Day Contract

By Brian F. McQueen, Past FASNY Director As my wife, Sarah, and I walked through a bookstore one day, I came upon a book by Coach Rick Pitino. It was the cover that struck me as it read: A One-Day Contract. Having coached high school football and basketball for 12 years, I was in awe […]

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House Passes Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

On September 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, by a voice vote. H.R. 931 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of firefighters to collect relevant history and occupational information that can be linked to available cancer registry data […]

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The Realities of Firefighting and Mental Health

In June, the London Fire Brigade responded to one of the most tragic incidents the international fire service has witnessed in years. In the middle of the night, some 40 apparatus and hundreds of firefighters descended upon a 24-story apartment block in North Kensington. Upon their approach, London’s bravest came face-to-face with the towering inferno, […]

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Participants Needed for Volunteer Firefighter Health Study

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in coordination with the National Volunteer Fire Council, are seeking volunteer firefighters to participate in a study on the health benefits to emergency responders and their families of using the Mediterranean Diet. Participants will have access to online tools and strategies for implementing healthier eating […]

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The Big ‘C’ Is Something No One Wants

As chief officers, we all recognize that firefighting is a high-risk occupation. We have a front-row seat into the risks of the profession, and gain impressions about these risks as our careers progress. Through training and education, we teach the next generation of firefighters to lessen their own risk by performing new or modified behaviors. […]

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When the Unthinkable Happens: Moving Forward After a Line of Duty Death

By Kevin D. Quinn, NVFC Chairman I recently attended two funerals for firefighters who died in the line of duty.  As with every tragedy when we lose a brother or sister, my heart went out to the family, department and community that now must deal with the loss and figure out how to carry on […]

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Firefighter Wellness Testimonial: Stephanie Wowk

You’re going to have to deal with adversity in life, that’s just part of it. The fire department is no different. I faced it as soon as was sworn in. On October 13, 2015, I officially became a member of the Saint James Volunteer Fire Department and proudly joined Heavy Rescue Co. No. 9. Coming […]

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Physical Fitness Intervention for New Firefighters

Firefighting is a hazardous profession and firefighters suffer workplace injury at a higher rate than most U.S. workers. Decreased physical fitness is associated with injuries to firefighters. In an effort to decrease injuries and compensation claims/costs, the Tucson Fire Department piloted a Probationary Firefighter Fitness (PFF-Fit) program in 2012-2013 during the recruit academy and over […]

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Creating a Health and Safety Culture in the Fire Service

Data shows that approximately 73,000 firefighter injuries occur each year in the U.S. In addition, about 100 firefighters are killed in the line-of-duty each year. Creating a culture that emphasizes safety and health is critical to protecting our nation’s firefighters and emergency responders. A culture of safety will result in less fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, […]

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Online Tools to Help Volunteer Firefighters’ Health Habits Using a Mediterranean Diet

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are conducting a study to help volunteer firefighters/emergency responders and their loved ones learn more about healthy eating to minimize the risk of developing serious chronic diseases. The program will offer a diverse set of online […]

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