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Faith, Hope, Love

While on vacation with my family the week of July 4th, I thought of how truly blessed I am — as I often do — and how drastically my life has changed over the last four years, for the positive. Howeve... Read More...

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Fitness as It Relates to Firefighter Injuries

Take a minute to review the two abstracts below. Body mass index as a predictor of firefighter injury and workers’ compensation claims. Kuehl KS1, Kisbu-Sakarya Y, Elliot DL, Moe EL, D... Read More...

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Moving Cancer Education Forward

By this point, most of us have seen the numbers illustrating the occupational cancer problem in the fire service. Multiple studies have been conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safet... Read More...

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Recovery

In my past articles I have spoken of my great blessings in life, especially since my treatment and sobriety.  As an alcoholic I wanted to speak on a few of my personal struggles concerning sobriety a... Read More...

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Are We Adrenalin Junkies?

As founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance I have traveled over 130,000 air miles annually for the past three or four years. Crisscrossing the states and Canada presenting workshops for EMS... Read More...

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This is How You Eat Healthy

Have you heard people refer to BMI? Do you know what it is and how it is important to your health. BMI stands for Body Mass Index. The number is calculated using your height and weight. You can go to... Read More...

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Minimizing Cancer Risk Through Station Design

(This is part two of a two part series.) Over the past couple of decades, a silent killer is growing exponentially in the fire-fighting profession. Cancer. The number of firefighting friends... Read More...

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The Forgottten Ones

Over six years ago Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) began tracking and validating the sad events of our brothers and sisters taking their lives. The data we collected shows no discrimina... Read More...

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The Importance of Spousal Support and Understanding

Through my time of using alcohol as a coping tool to get through my PTSD, when I didn’t have an understanding of mental health, my wife, parents, children, God and a few close friends is what got me ... Read More...

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The Not So Obvious Benefits of Being Fit

You all know that the obvious benefits of increased physical activity are: Improves work capacity Increases strength Decreases injury rates Improves heat tolerance Positive i... Read More...

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The Truth About Cancer Hazards and Turnout Gear

Awareness of cancer clusters among firefighters has increased recently as more information becomes available. Over the last decade, three key studies have shown elevated risks of certain types of can... Read More...

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A Firefighter’s Risk of Developing Cancer is Twice That of Any Other Profession

Smoke produced by fires today is much more dangerous than in years past. In the past, furnishings were made from natural products such as wood, cotton, wool, silk, glass and metal, which produced har... Read More...

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Minimizing Cancer Risk Through Station Design

(This is part one of a two part series.) Serving your community as a firefighter has always been recognized as a dangerous, yet rewarding endeavor.  Most of the dangers have been fairly easy t... Read More...

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Back Pain and How to Prevent It

I want to address a fitness concern for fire/paramedic personnel, back pain and injuries associated with work-related activities. Back injuries account for more than 20 percent of all workplace injur... Read More...

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Peer Support Will it Work for Your Organization?

First off, let me preface this article to say I believe in both Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Peer Support. I have seen CISM work very effectively across the U.S. by numerous fire an... Read More...

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Issue 32.4 | Summer 2018

Keeping First Responders Safe



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