FireRescue Magazine: Firefighter Health and Safety: Something to Make You Think

It’s the little things that matter

By Nancy Kirsch Naylis

Firefighters are well aware of how to take care of their health and how to keep safe, but there are some things we can do to help keep ourselves a little safer while on the fireground or during a drill.

Protect Your Body

Every firefighter should start the day drinking water and continue drinking during your entire duty shift. You have to keep hydrated or you could suffer dehydration in the blink of an eye, and when it hits you, it takes you down fast. If your fire company provides water, make sure it is on the apparatus or bring your own. You can’t always rely on your town’s ambulance corps to be in attendance with water at a fire scene. Also, you should not drink the water coming out of the fire hose, as it is contaminated with pump oil and microbes floating about. 

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