Volunteer fire departments (VFDs) are primarily comprised of volunteers who are trained in firefighting and other related emergency services for a local town or jurisdiction. These volunteers take on what can be a life-threatening job whenever responding to an emergency call. They regularly put themselves in harm’s way in an effort to save people
and property in their communities. Whether fighting to extinguish a fire or responding to an emergency call such as an automobile accident, hazmat situation or other emergency, firefighters are exposed to a number of health and safety hazards. Being aware of these hazards and knowing how to mitigate them can help reduce the frequency and severity of injuries, as well as save lives.
Burns, smoke inhalation and other fire-related injuries are commonly reported; however, firefighters also are exposed to health hazards such as strains and sprains, stress-related conditions, and cardiovascular events. The majority of
injuries are minor; however, a significant number can be debilitating or career-ending.
The link below will walk you through some common risks facing firefighters, and it will provide suggestions on
how to reduce injuries, minimize the severity, and provide effective post-injury management.