Firefighters not only battle fires and selflessly risk their lives for others, but they also battle a silent killer – heart disease. Heart attacks are the number one killer of fire and emergency personnel. In fact, nearly half of all on-duty firefighter deaths are attributed to heart attacks. These individuals are on the front lines, keeping our community safe in the wake of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other emergencies. It is for this reason that we must all work to raise awareness about their health and ensure their well-being.
August 13-17 marks the inaugural National Firefighter Health Week. During this week, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), through its groundbreaking Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, will be reaching out through a week-long initiative to educate both the fire and emergency services community and the public not only on heart-health, but on a variety of other health and wellness issues.
Each day during National Firefighter Health Week will be dedicated to a different health issue of particular concern to the fire and emergency services. Click on the links below to learn more about each of these important health topics and discover what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. This information will continue to be updated throughout National Firefighter Health Week, so check back often.