The official report is in. According to a Harvard University study, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, the chance of having a heart attack while actually engaged in fire suppression is 100 times greater than at any other time.
No other emergency professionals share this incredible risk. Heart attacks, which account for almost 50 percent of on duty fatalities (study covered all on duty deaths from 1994 to 2004 as reported by FEMA, excluding 9/11 data).
The repercussions from this study will cascade down very quickly. Soon, prompted by pure statistics, Fire Departments large and small will be mandated to institute CREDIBLE fitness programs. Currently, 70 percent of all departments do not.
So, party time seems to be over, and resistance to proper physical preparation (from all sides) will finally be overcome. This is long overdue.
Members, officers, chiefs, don't waste time on what doesn't properly prepare you. My latest article in the Firehouse.Com Health and Fitness Section discusses and outlines an approach I've developed over the years that addresses the extreme level of physical exertion every working firefighter faces at one time or another. Remember, it only takes one bad job.
I urge you to stay ahead of the pack and get started now!
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