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Building the Case for Presumptive Cancer Legislation: We Need Your Help!

“There are 92,000 reasons that volunteer firefighters should have presumptive cancer coverage in New York State.” There is power in this quote from FASNY Past President Robert N. McConville in the press release announcing the 2015 FASNY-sponsored video, “Fighting Fires, Fighting Cancer.” (1) One thing we can all agree on after watching the political conventions […]

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Firefighter Wellness Testimonial: James McCauley

I am a volunteer firefighter of 40 years. I’m an Ex-Chief and Commissioner in the North Merrick Fire Department. For a majority of my life I have been a big guy, six feet and 300 pounds. I played softball up to the age of 50 and raced on the fire department team up to 45 […]

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New White Paper Includes Checklist to Help Firefighters Prevent Cardiac Disease

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently brought together fire service leaders, firefighters, researchers, and physicians for a Heart to Heart Conference to address the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths – heart disease. The corresponding white paper has now been released, which includes checklists to help firefighters reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease as well as assist company officers and chief officers in encouraging heart health among their firefighters.

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National Volunteer Fire Council Partners With Exposure Tracker Program

Software Helps Volunteer Firefighters Track Their Exposures to Carcinogens That Lead to Cancer.

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Believe 271: One Firefighter’s Fight with Cancer

On Christmas Eve of 2013, the past chief of Whitesboro Fire Department and Deputy Fire Coordinator 271 for Oneida County was told some of the worst news anyone and their family and friends want to hear. This news affected everyone. Brian F. McQueen was diagnosed with cancer, B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to be exact.

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What The “Only 2.7% of Americans Live Healthy Lifestyles” Study Says About Body Fat

New research has been published by the Mayo Clinic, and it is currently making the rounds on the internet in major news channels.

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Fuel for Health: Investments Every Firefighter Can Make

The most valuable asset any firefighter has is their body. More valuable than any fire truck, hose or tool, the firefighter’s body is the most important asset when it comes to their job – saving lives.

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With Suicides Among Firefighters on the Rise, Minnesota Firefighter Tries to Help

A Minnesota firefighter is working to save as many lives as possible after almost losing his own. It's a different kind of rescue mission that could change the way firefighters are trained all across the state...

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Firefighter mental health: Stop sucking it up

Despite the encouraging trend to address mental health, there is still resistance and misconception. There are times when coincidences are just that — unrelated events. Other times they can be more telling of trends.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries: Risks, Treatment and Prevention

The FASNY Health and Wellness Committee would like to remind FASNY members of the correlation between winter fire/EMS operations and TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries.

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