Protect Your Own
The most recent, comprehensive study of firefighter safety found that “muscle injuries (primarily strains and sprains) accounted for nearly half of firefighter injuries. Overexertion is a primary cause for muscle injuries, many of which involved the back. Back injuries can result in many lost days of work and, with recurring flareups over the years, can incur substantial medical expenses and overtime costs.”
We know your want to limit pain and suffering for your crew. And, we know budgets are tight. The cost of avoidable injuries further justifies in investment of injury prevention tools. Nearly 1/3 of fire fighter injuries result in lost work time with direct costs for injured firefighters totaling about $260 million per year. Factoring in lost work time, possibly higher insurance premiums, disability and early retirement payments, overtime for substitutes, and costs to train replacement personnel, even the least severe injuries were estimated result in a per injury cost $74,000 to $97,000.
Source: “The Economic Consequences of Firefighter Injuries and their Prevention. Final Report.” Prepared by TriDate Corporation on behalf of: U.S. Department of Commerce, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
“Hose rolling is one of the top causes of sprains and strains. If the Rookie Sidekick prevents even one injury, it’s worth the investment.”
- Don Willis, Captain/Training Officer, Sunriver Fire & Rescue