Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type





College of Natural and Health Sciences

Primary Advisor

Mr. Dominic Stross


As each year passes, a fatal cardiovascular event continues to be the leading cause of death among on-duty firefighters. Risk factors for a fatal cardiovascular event and cardiovascular health disease (CVD) are obesity, sleep deprivation, weight gain, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, etc. The research in this thesis lays out the poor association between cardiovascular health and firefighters. Interventional programs that aim to improve the cardiovascular health of firefighters must be implemented universally to all fire departments by the International Association of Firefighters. Pertinent information collected on the cardiovascular health of surveyed firefighters of Hernando County was paradoxical. While most of the surveyed firefighters identified themselves as in optimal cardiovascular health, the collected data stated otherwise.