The number of Firefighter Deaths due to Cardiac issues has always troubled me. I have wondered are we seriously unhealthy? Are there job related risk factors? Should we expect firefighters to be healthier than the average man or woman in america or expect the fire service to follow the health trends of society? Should we expect a future of over weight, out of shape, Diabetic FIrefighters? Most of us have seen the preliminary findings released 3/17 from the FEMA sponsored study indicating job related risk factors for heart disease in firefighters! To me this is just another piece of convicting evidence that we need change, a lifestyle change, cultural change when it comes to health and fitness in the fire service. We need to stop making excuses and take control of the risk factors we have a direct impact on! Proper Diet and conditioning are imperative or Health related issues will continue to plague the fire service. We need to be setting the example and educating the public when it comes to health and fitness! I would love to here member thoughts, comments and recommendations on how we can change!