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Can I still become a firefighter if I have asthma?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bad idea

While it is a noble calling, you will be exposed to dense smoke, intensely hot dry air, dust, and ashes all of which can trigger your asthma and may lead to a life threatening attack.
Since others are relying on you to be both a rescuer and a part of the team, getting taken out in the middle of action might make you a liability. Police work, medicine, etc are all still available...

In brief: Bad idea

While it is a noble calling, you will be exposed to dense smoke, intensely hot dry air, dust, and ashes all of which can trigger your asthma and may lead to a life threatening attack.
Since others are relying on you to be both a rescuer and a part of the team, getting taken out in the middle of action might make you a liability. Police work, medicine, etc are all still available...
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Absolutely

Just like asthmatics can be olympic sprinters or swimmers, or anything else they want to be.
The key is asthma control, not whether you have asthma or not. If a person's asthma is under excellent control, under the supervision of an allergist, then there should be nothing you can't do!

In brief: Absolutely

Just like asthmatics can be olympic sprinters or swimmers, or anything else they want to be.
The key is asthma control, not whether you have asthma or not. If a person's asthma is under excellent control, under the supervision of an allergist, then there should be nothing you can't do!
Dr. Joshua Davidson
Dr. Joshua Davidson
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