So there has been a lot of different opinions coming out about saunas and the fire service. Many of these opinions can be very compelling on both sides of the argument. Now, I am no expert by any means, but my travels for our organization and interacts with fellow firefighters, experts, and others brings me to write this article. The IAFF felt so compelled about the issue they issued a statement about the use of saunas for detoxification after an fire incident. Now after reading this statement and talking to several firefighters from the US and abroad, it got me to think about the issue more and more.
In my opinion, there really isn’t enough focused research to make a decisive conclusion. So article over right? Well now, just wait one minute here. I think there can be a case still be made for the use of saunas in the firehouse. There are so many department who have already committed to the sauna in the firehouse and I’ve even heard of a station here in Ohio that had it built in when they designed a new station. So should we rip these saunas out and throw them out? I don’t think that should be the case.