English Research Paper 2011
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Do Firefighters have a shorter lifespan than other people?
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Health Risks in Firefighting (fightthefire.info)

One of the greater risks of firefighting is heart disease.

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MSNBC Firefighters' heart attack risk soars at the scene

-Heart attacks — not burns or smoke — have long been known to be the most frequent cause of firefighter deaths on the job.

-Looking at firefighter heart attack deaths nationwide over a decade, the researchers found that the risk of heart attack is highest when firefighters are working at a fire scene — with increased odds ranging from 10 to 100 times the normal risk of heart attack. Although firefighters spend only 1 to 5 percent of their time putting out fires, 32 percent of firefighter deaths from heart attacks occur at fire scenes, the study found.

-the chances of a heart attack also are significantly increased when firefighters are responding to an alarm, returning from an alarm, or engaging in physical training

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