The nation’s fire service suffered more tragedies last month than any others in recent history. With 16 deaths due common health issues experienced by fire fighter professionals, July was one of the most tragic for firefighters. As we take a closer look at how these sobering statistics can be used to better protect and inform your clients’ crews, ensure they are backed by an iron-clad Fire Department General Liability insurance.
While medical diseases such as hypertension and heart disease contributed to the majority of the deaths last month, firefighters continue to put their lives in danger on a daily basis, risking injury and death. In fact, USFA records show July as deadliest month in recent years. In June 2013, records show there were 25 firefighter deaths that included 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in a wildfire, says Firehouse.
Especially as temperatures continue to climb, firefighters need to be cognizant of remaining hydrated and protecting themselves. Heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, are common this time of year and can result in even more fatalities if not treated immediately. It’s been shown that without the proper hydration, blood thickens, making circulation more difficult and further threatens the person’s health. Therefore, firefighters need to stay on top of their own health and keep an eye on their surroundings and each other.
The major fire service organizations issued a joint statement on the issue of firefighter safety and stated “…The extra weight we carry with our gear and the extreme heat we endure while battling a fire or engaging in other rescue operations, it’s not surprising that our core body temperatures increase rapidly, which can lead to devastating consequences…”
With the known risks that firefighters face, remaining aware of their surroundings, each other, and their hydration levels can reduce the threat of injury or death.
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