Perceived Health Risks Among Firefighters; The New Jersey Firefighter Health Survey

Sean R. Maloney, Iris G. Udasin, Taylor M. Black, Nimit N. Shah, Michael B. Steinberg, Michael E. Pratt, Judith M. Graber

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OBJECTIVE: There is a growing literature on the risk of chronic disease among firefighters, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. However there is little information on firefighter's perception thereof. METHODS: Firefighters attending a union convention in New Jersey completed a survey with four domains: firefighting experience; perceived additional risk for chronic diseases (six-point Likert scale); cancer screening history; demographics, and risk behaviors. RESULTS: Among 167 enrolled firefighters, all were men and 86.6% active career. Median perceived risk ranged from high risk (colon, hematologic, breast, prostate, and testicular cancers) to very high risk (CVD, pulmonary diseases, all cancers, lung and oral cancer). CONCLUSIONS: NJ Firefighters attributed considerable additional risk to acquiring chronic disease as a result of their firefighting activities. Understanding firefighter perceptions of their own morbidity and mortality will help develop future firefighter preparatory programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-321
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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