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Worrying Number of Suicides Among S. Korean Firefighters

Worrying Number of Suicides Among S. Korean Firefighters

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of firefighters are choosing to commit suicide. The National Fire Agency (NFA) reported on Tuesday that as many as 56 firefighters committed suicide between 2015 and 2019, which is twice the number of deaths in the line of duty (23 people). Between 2013 and 2017, 47 [...]

Gangwon Province to Offer Meditation Programs for Firefighters

Gangwon Province to Offer Meditation Programs for Firefighters

CHUNCHEON, Aug. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Gangwon Province will offer programs of appreciation for firefighters who fought the catastrophic fire on the East Coast in April. Gangwon Agricultural Research and Extension Services (GWARES) will invite 7,000 firefighters across the country who fought the East Coast fire and 140 agricultural experts who helped out at damaged [...]

Taihan Electric Wire Announces New ‘Light Line’ for Underground Fires

Taihan Electric Wire Announces New ‘Light Line’ for Underground Fires

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Taihan Electric Wire Co., a South Korean electric wire manufacturer, announced on Thursday that it will launch an “RF Light Line” that secures escape routes for firefighters and provides a stable communication environment. Taihan’s Light Line is a type of light-emitting cable that is mandatory fire-fighting equipment and can [...]

1 in 10 S. Korean Firefighters Have Considered Suicide This Year

1 in 10 S. Korean Firefighters Have Considered Suicide This Year

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — A new survey has revealed that within the past year, more than 10 percent of South Korean firefighters experienced mental stress levels so severe that they considered suicide as a solution. According to data submitted to Rep. Kwon Eun-hee of the Bareunmirae Party, 4,874 respondents accounting for 10.7 percent [...]

Growing Animal Control Missions Overwhelming Firefighters

Growing Animal Control Missions Overwhelming Firefighters

SUWON, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — As capturing wild animals has become one of the main tasks of many firefighters in South Korea according to latest figures, concerns are growing over the inefficient use of firefighting resources. Data from the Gyeonggi Disaster and Safety Headquarters shows rescue teams and firefighters were called in over 38,000 times [...]