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Health and Wellness for Fire

In the fire service, the focus can often be on the task at hand instead of the health of the one performing the task. The simple truth of it is that you’re not at your best if you’re not feeling 100%. That, combined with the traumatic situations encountered, reinforces the need for greater attention to health and wellness for fire. Courses like Firefighter PTSD (NFPA 1500), Mental Health and Wellness for Firefighters, and Firefighter Rehab: Protocols for Rehab, Firefighter Cancer: Prevention and Health are an excellent place to start.

Course Name Course Description Length
Firefighter Cancer: Prevention and Health Firefighters have a nine percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general U.S. population. Many firefighters face hazards that are easily visible such as structural collapse, hazardous materials, and high heat environments, but it is the unseen hazards that are most dangerous to firefighters today. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concluded after recent studies that firefighters are experiencing a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths. Those as young as their 30s are developing these terminal illnesses. In this course, sponsored by Globe, we will explore the common cancer-causing agents firefighters will face on the job as well as the importance of wearing proper PPE and using decontamination techniques to increase firefighter health and quality of life. 1h
Firefigher PTSD (NFPA 1500) The mental and physical stressors associated with the ever-increasing number of emergency responses are taking their toll on the health and well-being of America’s firefighters. A combination of acute and cumulative occupational stressors, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has contributed to a silent subculture of depression, isolation, mental fatigue, and apathy, often resulting in senseless premature deaths by suicide. Health and wellness initiatives for firefighters have been developed through nationally recognized fire service organizations, but too few of these programs have been implemented at the local level. In this course, we will cover PTSD basics, discuss the symptoms and contributing risk factors, as well as ways to address and combat this problem in the fire community. 1h
Fire Rehab: Protocols for Rehab EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy discusses the importance of establishing specific protocols for firefighter Rehab and who should do it, and typical parameters that should be set to determine when a firefighter can return to the fireground. 10m
Mental Health and Wellness for Firefighters The need for mental health assistance in the fire service has become more apparent in the past few years. With the rise of depression, PTSD, and suicide, firefighters today need support for their physical and mental health. In this course, learners will explore the mental health challenges firefighters face, the stigmas surrounding seeking mental health assistance, healthy strategies for handling stress, and the many mental health resources available to firefighters today. 1h