Firefighting is both a physically and emotionally demanding job. The dangerous work, heavy uniforms and overwhelming amount of stress cause strain on the heart. This strain, in conjunction with a toxic work environment – breathing in smoke, dehydration and gas exposure – can trigger a sudden cardiac episode.
Education and awareness
Access to fitness equipment
Resources and support
While not much can be done to change the environment firefighters work in, the St. Paul Fire Foundation aims to provide resources to help firefighters reduce their cardiac risks.