VIDEO: Data from the National Fire Protection Association shows overexertion, stress and medical issues has been the leading cause of death for firefighters. A new state grant is helping fund a project to help keep them safe. Firefighters use a specific type of jacket on the job, but the University of Cincinnati is working on adding different elements to better protect them in their work environment, and it’s all thanks to a $1.2 million grant.
Glendale Fire Chief William Jetter has been a firefighter for the past 44 years. It's a career he said he took on because of his love for helping people.
“We’re all volunteers that left their jobs and aided the community,” he said. "I like giving back and that’s what I’ve been ever since.”
A lot has changed since he started 44 years ago. That’s especially the case when it comes to PPE.