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Study examines cancer rates among World Trade Center-exposed firefighters
Researchers found no overall increase in cancer risk among World Trade Center-exposed firefighters following the 9/11 attacks compared with other firefighters from several US cities. They noted a nearly four-fold increase in the rate in thyroid cancer, but this increased risk was not significant after controlling for possible biases related to cancer screening. (WTC-exposed firefighters have access to health care and routine health monitoring exams even after retirement.) (2016-10-12)

Hoosier firefighters face higher risk of dying from cancer than non-firefighters
Hoosier firefighters face a significantly higher risk of dying from cancer than non-firefighters in Indiana, according to a study that shows death from malignant cancers was the leading cause of death for Indiana firefighters between 1985 and 2013. (2018-12-03)

Obese US firefighters report receiving no weight advice from their health provider
Obese and overweight firefighters are not receiving weight management advice from their health care providers, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (2014-07-11)

Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters
A newly published report from a University of Houston psychology professor finds that firefighters who struggle with PTSD symptoms, and who think they cannot handle negative emotions, are likely to drink and use alcohol it to cope with negative emotions. (2019-12-03)

Overweight firefighters more likely to attempt weight loss if advised by doctor
Overweight firefighters are twice as likely to attempt to lose weight if their health care provider gives them weight loss advice, according to new research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. (2015-09-22)

Fluids, electrolytes key to good health for firefighters
Since the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, images of exhausted firefighters have been imprinted on the national psyche. While operations in New York City were an extreme example of what firefighters may face, University of Illinois researchers say the most significant problems are caused by heat strain and stresses to the cardiovascular system. (2001-11-01)

Limit fire service instructors' exposures per month to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
New research published in Experimental Physiology suggests that fire service instructors are at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases due to higher levels of inflammation in their blood, and so their exposure should be limited to nine exposures per month. (2020-05-26)

Research letter examines firefighters and skin cancer risk
This is a report of survey data collected from firefighters about skin cancer. (2017-12-13)

Sleep disorders found to be highly prevalent in firefighters
In a national sample of almost 7,000 firefighters, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the prevalence of common sleep disorders and their association with adverse health and safety outcomes and found that sleep disorders are highly prevalent, and associated with substantially increased risk of motor vehicle crashes and cardio-metabolic diseases among firefighters. (2014-11-13)

Female firefighters more likely to suffer PTSD, contemplate suicide
Female firefighters are fighting for their mental health as they perform their grueling duties. A University of Houston psychologist is reporting that one-fifth of female firefighters in a large, urban fire department experience post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and are at higher risk of contemplating suicide than their male colleagues. Until now, little has been known regarding the mental health of female firefighters. (2019-05-21)

Hot under the collar: The untold dangers firefighters face in the line of duty
What do you think is the biggest cause of death for firefighters on duty? Well if your first thought was burns or smoke inhalation you'd be wrong! According to research published in the June edition of Vascular Medicine 'since 1977, sudden cardiac death has accounted for the largest share of on-duty deaths among firefighters -- surpassing burns, trauma, asphyxiation and smoke inhalation.' (2015-05-04)

Firefighters face increased risk for certain cancers
University of Cincinnati environmental health researchers have determined that firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields. Their findings suggest that the protective equipment firefighters have used in the past didn't do a good job in protecting them against cancer-causing agents they encounter in their profession, the researchers say. (2006-11-10)

UGA study documents lung function declines in firefighters working at prescribed burns
After monitoring firefighters working at prescribed burns in the southeastern US, University of Georgia researchers found that lung function decreased with successive days of exposure to smoke and other particulate matter. (2011-12-06)

Burnout: Sleepless firefighters at risk of exhaustion and mental health conditions
Sleep disturbances and mental health challenges are putting close to half of America's firefighters at high risk of emotional fatigue and exhaustion, new research by Monash University in Australia shows. (2019-06-20)

Fit to fight: $1 million grant to focus on firefighters' health
Indiana University researchers will use cutting-edge technology and a $1 million federal grant to examine the toll firefighting takes on firefighters' cardiovascular and respiratory health. The results eventually could improve firefighter health and safety, and reduce the number of firefighter deaths that occur in the line of duty. (2007-10-29)

Ultrafine air particles may increase firefighters' risk for heart disease
Firefighters are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of ultrafine particulates at the time they are least likely to wear protective breathing equipment. Because of this, researchers believe firefighters may face an increased risk for heart disease from exposures during the fire suppression process. (2010-09-28)

Fires in Western Australia
According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia, a bushfire ADVICE remains for people traveling along Great Northern Highway approximately 20 kilometers east of Broome, and Cape Leveque Road approximately 40 kilometers north of Broome, in the Shire of Broome. (2014-08-25)

Study: Heart attacks, stroke at work often follow vigorous physical activity
Firefighters who died of heart attacks and other vascular problems such as stroke while on the job were most often doing vigorous physical activity right before the attack, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26-May 3, 2014. (2014-02-24)

Signal Fire in New Mexico
Firefighters are currently battling the Signal Fire in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. (2014-05-13)

News briefs from the journal CHEST, April 2004
In studies published in the April issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, findings include: First responders to WTC collapse hit hardest with respiratory ailments; WTC ironworkers afflicted with respiratory problems; and, Lung damage from second-hand smoke increases with exposure. (2004-04-12)

Older firefighters may be more resilient to working in heat
New study finds that older firefighters may show signs of long-term heat adaptation due to repeated occupational heat stress exposure. (2014-01-08)

USF awarded $1.3 million to expand research to prevent back injury in firefighters
The University of South Florida's John Mayer, D.C., Ph.D., recently received a $1.3 million Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters grant -- an award that will help build upon cumulative research evaluating the effectiveness of targeted exercise programs to reduce the risk of low back pain and disability in firefighters. (2014-09-05)

'Live burns' in Spartanburg, S.C., will benefit research and firefighter training
NIST fire researchers and colleagues from other organizations, will turn abandoned wood-frame houses near the site of an old Spartanburg, S.C., textile mill into a proving and training ground for new science-driven fire-fighting techniques this week. (2013-01-25)

Adelaide Hills bushfire in Australia
On January 3, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of smoke from the Adelaide Hills fire. As of Jan. 5, fire had destroyed or badly damaged 26 homes. With temperatures forecast to soar as high as 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next few days, firefighters are concerned conditions could worsen. (2015-01-05)

Firefighters more likely to be injured exercising than putting out fires
Firefighters are more likely to be injured while exercising than while putting out fires, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. (2011-11-23)

Fires in San Diego County blazing
The single fire that ignited and split into nine separate fires still blazes in Southern California today. (2014-05-15)

Battling flames increases firefighters' exposure to carcinogens
The threat of getting burned by roaring flames is an obvious danger of firefighting, but other health risks are more subtle. For example, firefighters have been found to develop cancer at higher rates than the general population. Now researchers have measured how much firefighters' exposure to carcinogens and other harmful compounds increases when fighting fires. Their study, appearing in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, also points to one possible way to reduce that exposure. (2017-10-18)

NC State develops new test method to measure stored heat in firefighter suits
For decades, researchers have evaluated the thermal performance of protective clothing worn by firefighters. A particular area of current interest is how to address the burns received by firefighters when they are not directly in contact with fire -- called stored heat burns. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a testing apparatus and measurement protocol that allow firefighter suits to be evaluated for their ability to prevent and minimize stored heat burns. (2009-04-14)

Rim Fire update Aug. 28, 2013
The Rim fire spread deeper into Yosemite National Park on Tuesday with flames racing unimpeded to the east even as firefighters shored up defenses for communities on the western edges of the blaze. (2013-08-28)

Study finds U.S. first responders have mixed feelings about COVID-19 vaccine
Firefighters and emergency medical services workers are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 while on the job and pose an additional risk of transmitting the virus to others. Although vaccines are a promising public health tool for reducing COVID-19 transmission, little has been known about the perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccine among first responders. (2021-02-10)

UCLA selected by Homeland Security to help establish guidelines for firefighter health and safety
UCLA has been selected by the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate to help establish guidelines for the health and safety of firefighters in the field.The UCLA team will use wireless health technologies to remotely monitor firefighters in action and develop metrics to validate and interpret their findings. (2010-09-15)

Comparing PFAS exposures in female firefighters and office workers
Firefighters have higher rates of some cancers than the general population, which might not be surprising given the many potential carcinogens they encounter while battling blazes. However, previous studies of chemical exposures in this occupation have focused almost exclusively on men. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have compared poly- and perfluorinated substances (PFAS) in the serum of female firefighters and female office workers, finding higher levels of three compounds in the firefighters. (2020-02-26)

Current training programs may not prepare firefighters to combat stress
Current training programs may not effectively prepare firefighters for the range of scenarios they are likely to encounter, according to human factors/ergonomics researchers Michael R. Baumann, Carol L. Gohm, and Bryan L. Bonner. In their October 2011 Human Factors article, (2011-11-02)

Croatian island fires causing summer havoc
Firefighters in Croatia have been on high alert during this current fire season. (2015-07-24)

Firefighters' greatest danger may not be fires
Firefighters save hundreds of lives each year. It may be time to save their own. A study by the Applied Exercise Science Laboratory at Texas A&M University shows that firemen are often at high risk for heart attacks primarily because they get little or no exercise while on duty. (2001-05-02)

Firefighters exposed to more potentially harmful chemicals than previously thought
The on-duty firefighters in the Kansas City, Missouri, area experienced higher exposures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are a family of chemicals that are known to have the potential to cause cancer. (2020-08-20)

NIST report on Texas fire urges firefighters to consider wind effects
Wind conditions at a fire scene can make a critical difference on the behavior of the blaze and the safety of firefighters, even indoors, according to a new NIST report. (2012-02-08)

Rim Fire update Sept. 9, 2013
The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions. (2013-09-09)

Billions in cost estimated for firefighter injuries
Firefighters face a high chance of injury or death whether on the scene of a fire, on the way to a fire or even during training -- with an estimated 81,000 injuries and 100 deaths in 2002 alone. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released a study that estimates the cost in 2002 of addressing firefighter injuries and of efforts to prevent them to be $2.8 billion to $7.8 billion per year. (2005-03-24)

Mountain Fire in California
A Mountain Fire in California began on July 15, 2013 near Palm Springs. (2013-07-17)

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