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We suggest taking a whole systems approach for firefighters that we have adapted from a framework applied toward military special operators, known as “Operator Syndrome.” A career in firefighting involves regular exposure to chronic stress, lethal risks, and potential for a wide-range of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and toxic exposures. The accumulation of these physiological, physical, psychological, and neuroendocrine injuries (i.e., high allostatic load) can lead to profound physiological changes upon the individual. We believe it leads to a profession-specific constellation of inter-related medical, social, and psychological conditions. A whole systems framework can help us better understand and address the complex needs of firefighters.
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