by Carl H. Sheppard, CSCS, TSAC-F
TSAC Report July 2015
Vol 45, Issue 1
Injury prevention, or more specifically, musculoskeletal injury (MSI) prevention is often a topic of discussion for senior command in professional fire departments, and with good reason. MSI can account for 57% of all injuries suffered by firefighter personnel, on and off the fireground (9). Furthermore, MSI can affect the personnel pool, burdening the fiscal solvency of a department, which must either backfill these positions or send crews out at dangerously low staffing levels (8). In the example used for this article, from 2013 – 2015, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) spent over 19 million dollars on MSI treatment, rehabilitation, and backfill.
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