Every day when I sit down at my desk to catch up on emails, I glance over the Daily Dispatch, an electronic clipping service of links to fire-related stories. It is organized with stories from your local area first and then fire-related news stories from around the world. Lately, it seems like every time I read the teasers to the links, I see a story about a 40–50-year-old firefighter who suffered a fatal heart attack. These sad situations are also sent to many of us through Chief Billy Goldfeder’s FirefighterCloseCalls.com—Home of The Secret List. These incidents seem to occur much more often than in previous years.

So you might be wondering why I am qualified to write on this topic. The answer is because if I did not take the action I did, I would have been one of the stories you glance over. The story might have been titled, “Illinois fire chief dies during training evolution.”

Cardiovascular disease is prevalent in the fire service. We need to get ahead of the problem or we will lose more firefighters to fatal heart attacks.

Read his story here here