I wish my mind would forget what my eyes have seen (Dave Parnell, Detroit Fire Department)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD   PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop very soon after or even days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear. PTSD is commonly associated with the trauma suffered after serious injury to […]

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Firehouse Cooking, hot and a lot!

By Michael Morse One of the greatest things in the day of a firefighter is mealtime. We love to eat and put a heck of a lot of thought into what ends up on our plates. It‘s a long-standing tradition — firefighters gathered around the table in the day room, breaking bread and making fun of […]

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The Effect of Alerting and Tones on Firefighters’ Heart Rates

By US Fire Administration Many studies point out cardiovascular risk factors for firefighters, such as fitness, age, overexertion and stress. But are there other factors to consider? Studies evaluating firefighter heart rates date back to the mid-1970s and clearly show that there is a tachycardic response (elevated heart rate above the norm) when firefighters are […]

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Firefighter sleep: 7 ways to improve your crews’ sleep and safety

by Linda Willing With sleep deprivation being directly linked to poor decision making, physical ability and communication, firefighters must be well rested Firefighters often don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to real problems, including safety concerns. For anyone who has worked in the fire service, this is hardly news. One of the most difficult […]

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Firefighter Fitness

As firefighters, how do we take care and prepare ourselves to operate efficiently? We are all constantly working towards bettering ourselves through training, education, working out, and nutrition. The leading cause of firefighter deaths the past few decades has been linked to cardiac issues. Across the country there are a variety of different ways that […]

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