European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 643–646 | Cite as

Mortality amongst Paris fire-fighters

  • Sophie Deschamps
  • Isabelle Momas
  • Bernard Festy


This paper is the first mortality cohort study undertaken in France to examine the association between fire-fighting and cause of death. The cohort investigated in this study consisted of 830 male members of the Brigade des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris (BSPP). These professional had served for a minimum of 5 years on 1 January 1977. They were monitored for a 14 year period, finishing 1 January 1991. When compared to the average French male, the Paris fire-fighters were found to have a far lower overall mortality (SMR=0.52 [0.35–0.75]). None of the cause specific SMRs were significantly different from unity. However a greater number of deaths than expected was observed for genito-urinary cancer (SMR=3.29), digestive cancer (SMR=1.14), respiratory cancer (SMR=1.12) and ‘cerebrovascular disease’ (SMR=1.16). The low overall SMR observed was consistent with the healthy worker effect. As for cause specific SMRs, they will be confirmed or invalidated by a further analysis as the follow-up of this cohort is being carried on.

Key words

Epidemiology Fire-fighting risks Mortality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sophie Deschamps
    • 1
    • 2
  • Isabelle Momas
    • 1
  • Bernard Festy
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Hygiène et de Santé Publique, Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et BiologiquesUniversité René DescartesParis 06France
  2. 2.Ecole d'Application du Service de Santé des ArméesParisFrance

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