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How heart disease ended my firefighting career

Chief Bowker relives the event that ended his career and nearly his life and examines ways firefighters can avoid dying from heart failure.

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How to Stop Eating Your Emotions…..

If we were all able to eat when we’re hungry and stop when we’re sufficiently full, we’d be the right weight for our individual bodies. Our bodies are equipped with innate sensors telling us when we need to eat and when we are satiated. So what gets in the way of eating when we’re hungry and stopping when we’re full?

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Tell Me Why …

As I change my desk calendar to reflect the new year, I have come to appreciate every day I am alive … more than you will ever know. It’s been just over two years since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma. To tell you that my life as a firefighter has changed is an understatement; not to mention how much my family has suffered along with me through the rigorous treatments and frequent visits to New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Answering the Call for Winter Wellness

On a bitterly cold night, you just came home from celebrating the new year and got into your nice, warm bed. Instead, the call comes over: “6500: Signal 10 House Fire, Code 91.” You throw the covers off, jump out of bed and into your pants lying on the chair next to you. Throwing the blue light on in your truck, you race to the firehouse.

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November Is Tobacco Awareness Month

November 19, 2015, is the Great American Smoke-Out, a day designated to support the efforts of any tobacco user who is ready to take a first step toward quitting. While each person’s battle with tobacco is unique, this day reminds us that we all have a stake in helping our friends, families, team members and co-workers find sustainable ways to a tobacco-free life.

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PTSD – Do I Have It?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders is an exceedingly common occurrence due to the nature of the job. Repeated exposure to senseless violence, abuse, and the most horrific and tragic death scenes contributes to the development of this serious and intrusive mental health disorder.

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Make Suicide Prevention a Health and Safety Priority at Your Department

September 10, 2015, is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme is “Reaching Out to Save Lives” – a message all those in the fire service can use to let people know that everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.

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Is Your Department Up for the 9/11 Challenge?

A healthy firefighter is everyone's fight, so FASNY urges our members to take this challenge to do something good for yourself and the fire service in observance of 9/11. Watch this video for some ideas, get your department involved and post your photos on our Facebook page!

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How Do I Clean My Protective Coat and Trouser?

As the world’s largest producer of protective clothing, Globe Manufacturing Company, LLC is often requested to provide information on cleaning turnout gear. Inevitably, we refer firefighters to NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2013 Revision. This standard has led to an increased awareness among firefighters for the need to have turnout clothing well maintained, including laundering on a regular basis. Additionally, NFPA 1851 sets minimum requirements for the inspection, care, and cleaning of all protective ensemble elements covered by NFPA 1971.

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NVFC Awarded Grant to Address First Responder Health and Safety

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) a $786,580 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant to conduct a series of health and safety initiatives over the next year. The grant will help the NVFC build on existing health and safety programs as well as address emerging issues facing the fire and emergency services.

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