So often when we read about a medical LODD, the article or report states that the Fallen Firefighter “didn’t feel well” and went to lay down-and never again got up. Feeling “uncomfortable” or not “feeling well” has left numerous spouses, partners, kids, grand kids and friends behind…and many of those times, it didn’t have to end that way.
IAFC President Gary Ludwig has launched a very relevant initiative called:
“IF YOU DON’T FEEL WELL….DON’T MAKE IT YOUR FAREWELL”
As you know, half of all Firefighter deaths each year are cardiac-related – and many who survived a cardiac incident have reported not feeling well or that something was wrong prior.
“The best way to change the culture of ignoring warning signs that are not always chest tightness and shortness of breath is through education and awareness,” Gary said.
==If you’re a Firefighter and your body is signaling to you an “uncomfortable” or “different” feeling that you have never experienced before with extreme fatigue and other symptoms, you need to act and those around you need to act.
==If a Firefighter tells you ‘something is wrong’ or ‘I don’t feel right’ or any similar statement, do not tell them to go home or lay down in the bunk hall. Their body is sending them a signal that something could be seriously wrong.
After all-what would we advise a family member-or a patient on the scene?
Get Checked Out…and we would insist on it.
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