Over the last decade, more than half of on-duty volunteer firefighter deaths were from heart attacks. Discover what you can do to reduce your risk.
The strenuous activities and heat stress faced by first responders place extreme demands on the heart, arteries and circulatory system. A stroke or heart attack during a fire event is a constant threat. The articles, research studies and other information found here will help you better understand cardiac risks and how to mitigate their impact on your health, well-being and ability to save lives.
In January 2015, as a follow-up to TAMPA2, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invited major fire service organizations and occupational cancer-specific researchers to attend the Occupational Cancer in the Fire Service Strategy Meeting in Washington, D.C. The goals of the meeting were to review what was known related to firefighter cancers, develop a coordinated effort to reduce exposures, illnesses, and deaths related to cancer; and provide support for those affected by cancer. Through presentations, breakout group discussions and a goal of consensus, the group developed 12 recommendations to target their efforts. Since that time, the group continues to meet and develop new initiatives to help maximize resources related to cancer prevention.
Here you can discover fascinating articles and groundbreaking research into many cardiac-related issues affecting emergency personnel. From the phenomena of sudden cardiac death among younger first responders to the effects of obesity, stress and other chronic conditions on the heart to evidence-based approaches that can help reduce cardiac disease within our profession. These resources can be filtered or viewed by tag, audience type or category of post.