Firefighters are not machines; they need sleep.
The quote “I’ll have plenty of time to sleep when I am dead.” is a self-fulling prophecy. Lack of sleep is an early death sentence, and firefighters are finding out the hard way.
Call volume is rising, fire departments are stretched thin, and the burden is affecting firefighters’ health by keeping them awake for multiple days at a time. Studies from around the world confirm sleep deprivation increases susceptibility to cancer, cardiac disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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