Firefighter health and the Mobile Fire Department

Darrell By Darrell , 8th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A firefighter’s job can be very physically demanding when they perform tasks such as extinguishing fires, rescuing victims from fires, carrying heavy tools, forcing entry into a home or business, climbing ladders, quickly moving up or down stairways, extricate a person from a mangled vehicle, and wearing fire protective suits with SCBA breathing apparatus that are hot and heavy.

Firefighter health

A firefighter’s health is one of the most important things about being a firefighter and performing physically demanding and dangerous tasks in the firefighting profession can put a firefighter’s health at risk.

The Mobile Fire Rescue Department and fire company captains and supervisors play a big part in a helping firefighter’s stay in good physical and mental health.

A firefighter’s job can be stressful, physical, emotional, and sacrificial while in the performance of their duties when responding to cardiac arrests of a loved one, close friend, co-worker, children, infants or a citizen that the firefighter has come to know.

Also a firefighter’s job can be very physically demanding when they perform tasks such as extinguishing fires, rescuing victims from fires, carrying heavy tools, forcing entry into a home or business, climbing ladders, quickly moving up or down stairways, extricate a person from a mangled vehicle, and wearing fire protective suits with SCBA breathing apparatus that are hot and heavy.

Another thing that affects a firefighters health is making medical runs on patients that have a know disease such as HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, C, D or E, Ebola, Marburg, SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome, H5N1 flu, Chicken pox, Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, just to mention some of the health risks firefighters come in contact with.

A firefighter has also to be concerned for his or her personal physical and mental health. A firefighter’s physical health is equally important as a firefighter’s mental health. A good diet and regular exercise will help firefighters have good cardiovascular flow, good cholesterol, good blood pressure, and a healthy heart rate.

The mental health of firefighters can affect their physical health in many ways. Mental health can affect firefighters to include stress, physical abuse, weight control, divorce, alcohol abuse, mental abuse, depression, oppression, anxiety, guilt, and drug abuse. Mental health can last for a lifetime and affect a firefighter’s physical health for a lifetime and cause serious health problems and even death.

The Mobile Fire Rescue Department has an EAP program that helps firefighters. EAP stands for Employee Assistance Program and this program helps firefighters and their families in a time of need for help. EAP offers firefighters confidential assistance with problems linked to mental health that affects physical health in a firefighter’s job performance.

Another program that Mobile Fire Rescue has in place is called CISD. CISD is referred to as critical incident stress debriefing. This program was implemented to help firefighters deal with stress that firefighters develop because of performing duties that involve responding to murders, suicides, dismemberment of body parts or decapitation, or any other type of terrible call a firefighter could make.

As you can see firefighters mental health is just important as his or her physical health.
Also firefighters are people and normal human beings they have families just like ordinary people. The only difference between a firefighter and a civilian is firefighter’s take an oath to do their best to help save lives and property and serve the public.

For other health related articles and news click on the following links.
http://factoidz.com/firefighter-health-and-the-mobile-fire-department/
http://www.examiner.com/x-29309-Mobile-Firehouse-Examiner~y2009m11d8-Stress-of-the-CPAT-for-fire-fighters
http://www.examiner.com/x-29309-Mobile-Firehouse-Examiner~y2009m11d22-Fire-fighting-dangers-of-cyanide-and-other-fatal-fumes
http://www.examiner.com/x-29309-Mobile-Firehouse-Examiner~y2009m11d13-Mold-at-local-fire-stations-put-fire-fighters-health-at-risk
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2780008/firefighters_family_stress_death.html?cat=8
http://factoidz.com/portrait-of-mental-abuse-scared-within/
http://factoidz.com/arobic-fitness-profile-whats-yours/
http://factoidz.com/how-to-be-healthier/
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2918312/how_to_be_healthier_control_your_eating.html?cat=5
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2655667/how_to_be_healthier.html?cat=5

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author avatar drelayaraja
9th Jul 2010 (#)

Another good share friend,.

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