A Formative Examination of the Health and Safety of Female Firefighters

Principal Investigator: Sara Anne Jahnke

The US fire service serves as the front line of defense against any domestic emergency, often with negative consequences for the health of firefighters. While research on occupational risk factors in firefighters has received increased attention over the past decade, female firefighters' unique health concerns have largely been ignored and this dearth of knowledge likely contributes to the remarkably low number of female firefighters. By exploring barriers to health and wellness among female firefighters through accessing the perspectives of both firefighters and key fire service leadership, as well as conducting a national survey of health concerns, this study will be the first to address significant knowledge gaps about women who play a key role as first responders in ensuring public safety.

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