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Coping with COVID-19 Stress

Every day as I work with individuals during the current health crisis, I am acutely aware of the anxiety and mental AND physical stress people are experiencing. That stress is certainly not one size fits all. For some, the worry is about contracting COVID-19. For many others, there are concerns…

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New IAFC Campaign Focuses on Watching for Warning Signs of Cardiac Events

As a fire Chief, I love training with my firefighters. I do not believe you just can sit in an ivory tower and dictate policy. So even in my mid-50s, I love strapping on my bunker gear, air tank and other PPE to engage in live-fire training with my firefighters.…

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How Clean Is Your Turnout Gear?

You have probably seen a few dirty, soot-covered helmets lying around the firehouse, and are maybe even guilty of sporting one yourself over the years. But, that “salty” gear that was once the sign of a “real firefighter” is no longer a badge of honor. Turnout gear can be covered…

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Here’s to Your Health: 12 Simple Investments for a Healthier You

Investing in your health doesn’t have to be painful. Living a healthier lifestyle happens with each small step you take – no matter what the focus. Over time, each step will move you closer to your health goals – and often will lead to even more healthy behavior choices in…

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The Importance of Daily Activity

Americans are becoming increasingly more sedentary. At our jobs, what were once physical tasks are becoming more automated and many of us spend eight to 10 hours a day seated in front of a computer. For our children, lack of activity is just as bad. Not only have gym classes…

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Staying Cool Under Fire: Mental Health Tips for Firefighters

Dr. Stephen Odom, President, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, New Vista Behavioral Health For those in the fire and rescue field, traumatic events are par for the course. While it can be rewarding to help those in need, that work can take a toll. Maintaining good mental health is essential…

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We Can Do Better: Injury Prevention Is Up to All of Us

By Kimberly Quiros, National Volunteer Fire Council Chief of Communications Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, but there are many steps that can be taken to lessen the risks. Injury prevention is not an abstract concept – it is something we have control over and can prioritize for ourselves and…

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Staying Cool Under Pressure: Mental Health Tips for Firefighters

Dr. Stephen Odom, President, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, New Vista Behavioral Health For those in the fire and rescue field, traumatic events are par for the course. While it can be rewarding to help those in need, that work can take a toll. Maintaining good mental health is essential…

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Stop Poisoning Yourself!

By Richard Russotti, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Starting and maintaining a fitness program is a lot like being a firefighter ... both can be difficult. While firefighters rely on their solid knowledge of building construction, hydraulics and fire behavior, the world of fitness and dieting is full of conflicting…

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Hypertension: A Serious Health Concern for America, A Deadly Health Concern for Firefighters

By Robert Blaufarb, Director of Health and Wellness – Mamaroneck Fire Department Hypertension (high blood pressure) afflicts over 1 billion people over 25 years old worldwide. This represents 40 percent of the world in this age group. This serious health concern is responsible for over 9 million deaths worldwide. Blood pressure…

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