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In today's podcast, New York City firefighter Jovis Depognon talks to Fortnight Editor Samantha Hinds about health problems common to one of the most high-risk careers imaginable.
"It's a lot of strain on the human body," he remarks. Beyond sheer strain and direct peril on the job, Jovis must contend with endless smoke. Cancer from smoke inhalation is a major issue for firefighters. Jovis describes a macho vocational culture where wearing a mask can be seen as weak.
Jovis also describes the fitness regime—he belongs to five gyms—that keeps him fit for emergency action. "Going to the gym and just lifting weights does not make sense for our profession." He describes climbing stairs, calisthenics and other cardiovascular exercises.
Finally, the two review physical longevity on the job—just as recent budget cuts affect retirement structuring in the force. "Firefighter is a young man's job. These buildings are only getting higher and higher."