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FSTAR Health Seeking Information on Firefighter Physicals

Short survey will provide critical info on medical checks for firefighters

Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs is urging all members of the fire service to take a short survey created by the Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) Health to gather information on the medical monitoring and care of firefighters. The survey is open until June 30, 2016.”

Research indicates that firefighters are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, behavioral health issues, lung disease, sleep disorders and infectious diseases. Clinical monitoring through comprehensive annual physicals including frequent screenings have the best chance of catching any of these occupational related diseases early. FSTAR Health promotes annual physicals that consider the unique health risks of firefighters, as described by NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Medical Programs for Fire Departments.

This survey is a first step in understanding and evaluating the issues associated with firefighter physicals. The survey, which should only take 10 minutes to complete, is available to all members of the fire service.

“I encourage all members of the fire service to take this survey; your health must be your number one priority,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, IAFC president and chair of the board. “By completing this survey, you will give the IAFC and FSTAR Health the information we need to continue to work with our partners towards a fire service where every firefighter received the medical monitoring and care they need to address any and all occupational risks.”

The survey is a follow-up to a 2006 survey. Information and data captured from the survey will be used to assist the IAFC, FSTAR Health and fire service organizations pursue viable, long-term methods to improve the care of firefighters.

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Research shows firefighters are at increased risk for cardiovascular events, respiratory illnesses, many cancers, musculoskeletal injuries, and behavioral health issues as a result of their job. It is our belief that very few firefighters undergo the necessary medical monitoring needed to prevent or catch these potentially devastating, life-altering illnesses or injuries. It is the focus of the Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) Health program to improve the awareness of firefighters and healthcare providers to these increased occupational risks and by doing so improve the health and wellness of our nation’s firefighters.

Jim Philipps | IAFC Assistant Director, Strategic Communications
703-537-4829 | jphilipps@iafc.org

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