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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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Hey, Firefighter … Cancer Is Real … Believe Me!

By Past Chief Brian F. McQueen, FASNY Director Somewhere in the U.S., there are two young volunteer firefighters who have become great friends through the fire service. They enjoy the brotherhood and elation of helping others on their worst days. Sadly, statistics have shown that one of these dedicated firefighters – husband/wife, father/mother and friend […]

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Firefighters have higher heart attack risk ‘because of heat’

Working in high temperatures increases the risk of suffering a heart attack, researchers have said. The study may explain why heart disease is the leading cause of death among on-duty firefighters, the researchers from the University of Edinburgh said. Firefighter Simon McNally, who was physically fit, had a heart attack while at work, at the […]

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National Cancer Control Month: Protect Yourself from Firefighter Cancer

April is National Cancer Control Month, and now is a great opportunity to evaluate what you and your department can do to protect yourselves from firefighter cancer. Many studies show that firefighters contract cancer at higher rates than the rest of the population. Taking the proper safety precautions is critical to help lower your risks […]

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Join the Firefighter 5K Challenge

All fire departments and companies across New York State are invited to participate in a public display of firefighters’ pride and their commitment to physical fitness by entering a team in the Firefighter 5K Challenge. The event is sponsored by the Bank of Greene County and will take place on Sunday, April 30, in Chatham. […]

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The Sock and the Comeback

By Alex Ruckh, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee There I was, several days before Christmas, loving life and all caught up in the season’s festivities. It was early morning and I was getting dressed for the day. I grabbed my socks and I flung my foot up to put my one of them on … […]

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Volunteer Departments Needed for Study on Diesel Exhaust and Firefighter Health

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has partnered with the University of Arizona to study the diesel particulate matter (DPM) in diesel exhaust and its affect on firefighters’ health.  We are looking for volunteer departments that will serve to pilot test the DPM equipment over a one-week period.  The details of the pilot and study […]

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Firefighters discuss PTSD, emotional toll of career

Indian River Chief David Dangerfield’s death shined a light on firefighters who suffer from PTSD and the heavy nature and emotional impact of calls. By Terry Spencer Associated Press VERO BEACH, Fla. — Battalion Chief David Dangerfield’s nickname was “Super Dave,” a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done […]

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Time To Be Our Own Heroes

By Alex Ruckh, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee It’s zero dark thirty, it’s cold, I’m tired … It’s gym time at the hall. It’s mid-April, so that only means one thing: training for the Murph Challenge. This challenge is in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was highlighted in the book and movie “Lone Survivor.” […]

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