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  • The Safety Triad: Reducing Risk in the Exercise Room - Part 1

    The topic of safety in the fire service often conveys thoughts of reflective vests, chevrons on the back of apparatus, the “two-in/two-out” rule and so on. One area of the fire service, or maybe even your firehouse, where safety could be overlooked is...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Avoiding Strain And Sprains

    Over the past two decades, there has been a large focus on physical fitness as a way to improve firefighter health and reduce injuries. While this approach has had some success, firefighters are still getting injured and the rate of strains and sprains is...

    Article • September 1st, 2012

  • Tools & Technologies: Firefighter Turnout Gear: Why Is Fit Important?

    Mark Mordecai and Pat Freeman explain why the days of building turnout gear that fits a "normal" range of firefighters are over.

    Article • April 1st, 2012

  • Three Simple Ideas to a Healthier Fire Service

      The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recently published its yearly analysis, Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2009 ( There is a section on firefighter line-of-duty...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Are You Contagious?

    "I don't want to go to work today!" How many times have you started your day with that statement? We all have. Although it may be true at some points in our lives, we must be careful that we don't make it "contagious." Some days it is really hard to...

    Article • July 1st, 2010

  • Firefighter/Paramedic — A Most Stressful Job

    A recent study released by the website ( ranked firefighting as the most stressful job in America out of 200 different occupations. How did they come up...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Taking Firefighter Fitness to the Next Level

    Being physically fit is important for every member of a fire department. At the Lake Forest, IL, Fire Department, fitness and the overall health of its firefighters has become a top priority.

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Keeping Your Health and Fitness Resolutions

    If you are like most people in this country, odds are you made at least one New Year's resolution aimed at improving some aspect of your health. Whether it is losing weight, improving your fitness, eating better or controlling a chronic health...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Fitness Success for Firefighters

    The time to make resolutions is behind us, and for many, those resolutions may be in full swing. However, for many people who made health and fitness a goal for the new year, it is easy to fall off the wagon. For some of you, this may be the first time in...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Cancer and the Fire Service

    There has been much debate and conflicting evidence regarding whether firefighters have a higher risk of developing cancer than the general public. The reasons for this is are many: cause and effect is difficult to prove in medical studies, cancer is a...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Hepatitis C Vaccine Is Close

    In February 2009, Firefighter/EMT Ferdinando "Fred" Pierno of Martin County Fire Rescue in Florida died from complications associated with Hepatitis C that he contracted on the job. Fred was surrounded by approximately a dozen brother firefighters at...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

    This is the last column in a series devoted to addressing the number-one killer in firefighters: heart disease. Previously, we discussed why firefighters are at a higher risk of cardiac death, why firefighters with underlining cardiovascular disease are...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Cardiovascular Disease in Firefighters: Protecting Our Own

    July 26, 2006: A 43-year-old male firefighter suffers symptoms of heat strain while fighting a structure fire in Illinois. He cools down in rehab and his crew finds him dead at his residence hours later after he failed to answer his phone. The cause of...

    Article • November 4th, 2009

  • Cardiovascular Disease in Firefighters: Who Is at Risk?


    Article • July 22nd, 2009

  • Cardiovascular Disease in Firefi ghters: Defining the Problem

    This new column is intended to give readers the most current information regarding medical studies and standards in a coherent and relevant manner as it applies to the fire service. The hope is that this information can be used to help keep firefighters...

    Article • April 1st, 2009

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