Active On-Duty Firefighters vs. Non-Active Off-Duty Firefighters: A Comparative Analysis

616 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 2 Pages
Non-active Off-duty Firefighters:

Firefighters are considered as one of the leading occupational fatality rates in the United States since firefighting activities contribute to the death of 100 lives every year. For on-duty firefighters, the main cause of death or fatalities is coronary heart disease in addition to other illnesses and injuries originating while they are conducting the duties of the fire department. Coronary heart disease accounts for approximately 45 percent of the on-duty deaths among firefighters. The risk of coronary heart disease in firefighting activities is usually associated with the fact that firefighters are generally exposed to smoke, psychological stressors, and physical exertion (Kales et. al., 2003). However, there is a significant difference of the likelihood of a firefighter to experience adverse health effects depending on whether he/she is an active on-duty or non-active off-duty firefighter. Active on-duty firefighters generally refer to members of the firefighting team who respond, train, and regularly participate in firefighting activities. On the contrary, non-active off-duty firefighters are those whose appearance and involvement around the firefighting station is usually rare. In this case, the non-active firefighters can also be members of the team whose names still appear on the roster though they are not active because of some considerable factors such as long-term injuries or illnesses. As a…