Firefighters are aware of the statistics linking firefighter deaths to preventable diseases and illnesses caused by unhealthy lifestyles. One of the leading causes of firefighter deaths is heart attacks. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Bringing answers to the modern firefighter’s burning health questions, we aim to help firefighters identify and put into practice better health choices to increase your chances at a healthier wellbeing with disease and illness free careers and retirements.

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5 Firefighter Sleep Disorders (and How to Take Back Your ZZZs)

By CRACKYL Staff The bravery and dedication of firefighters are undeniable. But beyond the job’s physical demands, firefighters often face a hidden enemy: sleep disorders. Disrupted sleep patterns and chronic sleep deprivation can significantly impact your health, performance, and overall well-being. Why are Firefighters Prone to Sleep Disorders? Several factors contribute to sleep difficulties in …

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Managing Chronic Illness on the Clock

Many firefighters are proactive in managing the health risks associated with firefighting, but some begin the job with a history of managing chronic illness. In certain instances, the seriousness of their condition may impact their eligibility for hire, or it may be monitored throughout their career.

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Reverse Engineering Longevity

As far as I can tell, Father Time is undefeated, but it doesn't need to be a blowout. What do I mean by this? It means living life on your own terms for as long as you possibly can should be a priority. Until it's difficult to do them it's easy to take the mundane activities of daily living for granted, like clipping your toenails, putting a 20lb carry-on in the overhead bin or running to catch a bus. Not to mention the things you really want to do, like playing recreational sports or playing on the floor with a young child.

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Surviving Begins at Diagnosis

If you have been a firefighter for more than a minute you know you face an increased risk of a cancer diagnosis due to the exposure to carcinogens you will receive during your fire service career. Even if you follow all the recommended actions during your career to reduce your risk, the unfortunate reality is you can do everything right and still get cancer. 

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The Effect of Radiant Heat on Firefighter’s Skin

“In a fire, you can plan everything out to the minute, and a minute before that, everything changes,” says Dan Felix. Indeed, the repercussions of being exposed to the fire are something every firefighter is aware of, yet he remains undeterred. Whilst I continue to stay in nothing but awe and gratitude to our heroes, let’s take a look into what exactly happens when you get exposed to radiant heat from the blazing fires. 

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