Firefighting deemed one of the most stressful professions

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Jan 9, 2013

Firefighter stressors
In what may come as no surprise to members of the fire service, a new report from, a job database that also offers career advice for employees, ranked firefighting as the third most stressful job in the U.S. for 2013. Topping the list were enlisted military personnel, followed by military generals. (By comparison, university professors have the least amount of job stressors, according to the report.)

The rankings were determined by analyzing 200 different professions, measuring work environment, job competitiveness, and job risks. The report cites an NFPA analysis linking the stress of firefighting with heart attacks or other sudden cardiac events.

Provisions in NFPA 1500, Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, address the harmful effects of job-related stress through the  development of a Critical Incident Stress Program. Focusing on incidents  affecting firefighters’ psychological and physical well-being, the  program deals with fatalities involving children, mass casualties, and  injuries involving colleagues.

For more information on the most and least stressful job professions, read the report.

-Fred Durso