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Examining the Health of Retired Firefighters

This site is created for and inspired by firefighters to briefly discuss our retired firefighter project. Firefighters provide critical services to our communities. However, due to the dangerous and strenuous nature of their jobs, they experience one of the highest rates of occupational injuries which may significantly influence their quality of life following retirement. Retired firefighters also represent a valuable and untapped population to inform improvements in workplace health and safety for active firefighters. The overall objective of this project is to examine the overall health of retired career firefighters to 1) help identify the current needs of retirees, and 2) inform strategies to improve the health and safety of current active firefighters.

This is a collaborative project between researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Utah State University. Funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (#T42OH008673). This project was approved by the UNC Institutional Review Board (# 19-3337).

Who’s eligible? If you are a retired career firefighter, you are eligible to participate.

What does the survey ask? We will ask you questions regarding your current health status and behaviors, in addition to your previous work as a firefighter.

How long will it take to complete? The survey will take around 25 minutes to complete.

Any compensation? For your participation, you may wish to be included in a drawing in which you could win a $20 Amazon gift cards.

What will you do with this information? We will not share your information with anyone outside of the research team and will not use your contact information for any reason outside the scope of the current study.

Study Survey Link: (coming soon)


Thank you!We sincerely thank the fire departments and state, regional, and national firefighter organizations across the U.S. for their support of this project. We also thank the select firefighters (active and retired) who provided critical feedback on our survey.


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