Firefighters report that studying for promotion can lead to poor sleep habits, neglecting exercise, and unhealthy dietary choices. These individuals gain weight and see their fitness levels significantly decrease during this time. Many firefighters have difficulty losing the excess weight and regaining their pre-exam fitness level. These changes are often permanent and affect physical performance for the rest of their career.
“It’s been a little over a year since we launched our Peer Support Team so we put together this short video to update you on what we’ve been doing. To those who have reached out, we’re so glad you did; it’s our honor to serve you as a Peer Support Team member. And to those who haven’t—or if you know someone who needs to—we’re here for you. It’s okay to ask for help!”