Public safety personnel are at an increased risk for stress related issues, including PTSD. While PTSD is linked to trauma exposure, not everyone who experiences or is exposed to trauma will have symptoms severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of PTSD. Often times, however, public safety personnel may instead experience chronic stress in response to repeated trauma exposure.
This website lists statistics regarding cancer, including breast cancer, health risks of various toxins and other Cancer related information specific to Firefighting.
The San Antonio Fire Department along with their Local 624 IAFF posted a video entitled “Our Battle with Cancer”
The Boston Globe featured a story with video warning Firefighters of Cancer dangers
Assessment of Ambient Exposures Firefighters Encounter While at the Fire Station: An Exploratory Study
The Firefighter Cancer Support Network helps firefighters and their families cope with cancer. As a non-profit they support and mentor firefighters who have received a cancer diagnosis. FFCSN provides education, training, and resources to firefighters and their departments for the purposes of protecting against hazardous exposures and fully understanding the increasing rates of cancer in the fire service.