THE PRESSURES OF WITNESSING TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS, staying calm in the midst of panic and chaos along with the terrible working hours is very hard on a firefighter. Not only does the 24-hour shift destroy your bio-rhythm, working with medical cases or fire emergencies is dangerous on top of that.
Cancer is most common among firefighters, I was told. Even though provided with masks and other protection, fumes from fires still manage to get into the system. And the psychological pressures of working with sick, injured or dying people can cause posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
SO HOW DO OUR FIREFIGHTERS COPE? Most firefighters I met have a strong family that supports them and gives them the backing they need to do their job for the community. (more…)