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Running on adrenaline

Spend a day with the Airway Heights Fire Department and it quickly becomes clear that despite all the dangers of the job, the true risk to firefighters' health and wellness just might come from within


October 11, 2018

Shannen Talbot

The view from the top of 75-foot ladder at a 74 degree angle. Potential recruits must climb this if they want to make it in the Fire Academy.

Last week I was granted the privilege of spending some time at the Airway Heights Fire Department with a few of its on-duty volunteer firefighters.

The day I was there, they didn't receive an onslaught of incessant calls, giving volunteers downtime to clean the station, service fire vehicles and work on training drills. That makes sense, since according to national estimates, firefighters spend just 1 percent of their time engaged in active firefighting. But when that alarm did ring, watching volunteers spring into action was eye-opening, to say the least.

Research has shown over the year...

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