Woodstock FD and the hazards of the job

The Woodstock Fire Department is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its firefighters and others, as it hosted, on February 9, nearly 90 EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and other emergency personnel from Woodstock and its surrounding towns at the Woodstock Firehouse for a class on emergency incident rehabilitation. Led by emergency medicine specialist Dr. Amy Gutman, the group was educated on the little discussed but often deadly hazards of over-exertion, stress, and smoke inhalation commonly faced by firefighters on the job.

According to Gutman, there are “systematic problems” in the way that firefighters strain themselves while putting . . .


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