SAFETY ON THE JOB
Firefighting is a dangerous profession, and a growing body of research and data shows that firefighters are at an increased risk for different types of chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has concluded that firefighters face a 9% increase in cancer diagnoses, and a 14% increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general U.S. population
Fire departments have become increasingly aware of the health and safety hazards posed by contaminant exposure and have adopted new practices to clean clothing and other equipment.
Firefighters are there for you on your worst day. The stresses faced by firefighters throughout the course of their careers – incidents involving children, violence, inherent dangers of firefighting, and other potentially traumatic events – can have a cumulative impact on their mental health and well-being.
In recent years, fire departments have started to place more emphasis on addressing mental and behavioral health issues. Communication at home, recognizing PTSD throughout the ranks, and preparing in advance can help firefighters handle the consequences of the trauma they experience.