By its very nature, firefighting is a stressful occupation. Firefighters regularly exert themselves in dangerous and unpredictable environments. Merely getting ready to respond to a fire starts a flow of endorphins and begins putting stress on the cardiovascular system. Combine that with the extra weight of thick and heavy firefighting gear and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths and injuries is sudden cardiac death, which accounts for approximately half.
To the Board of Directors of the Missouri Valley Division of the IAFC:
Thank you for your recent article, “Open Letter to Fire Service Vendors and Agencies” as published in the Daily Dispatch on September 27, 2016. We share your concern for the cancer rates affecting firefighters throughout the fire service.