It is no secret that when a firefighter straps on his helmet and heads into a burning building, he is putting his life on the line while battling unstable conditions and extreme temperatures. The fact that the rate of injury and illness is so high for these professionals just serves as a testament to the importance of high-quality firefighter training.
Unfortunately, even the best training cannot prevent certain accidents from occurring on the job. This is reflected in the fact that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that 70,090 injuries took place in the line of duty in 2011, according to a recently released report on U.S. firefighter injuries. While this number is high, it is actually 2.5 percent lower than the total number of injuries in the year prior.
Overexertion, strain, falls, slips and jumps all continue to be the leading causes of injuries during fireground operations.
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