Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Volunteer Fire Service Fitness and Wellness Program Initiated. (News)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Volunteer Fire Service Fitness and Wellness Program Initiated. (News)

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The U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have initiated the Volunteer Fire Service Fitness and Wellness Project, a partnership initiative to reduce loss of life among volunteer firefighters from heart attack and stress. USFA is a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"This is the No. 1 cause of line of duty firefighter fatalities in the volunteer fire service," said R. David Paulison, U.S. Fire Administrator. "We are truly pleased to work in partnership with the NVFC in the development of innovative programs to reduce this loss of life."

The partnership effort will involve researching and developing effective examples of health and wellness programs aimed at the needs of the volunteer firefighter. These programs will address fitness and exercise (aerobic, flexibility, strength training, etc.), diet, smoking cessation and other areas that will have a positive impact on the volunteer fire service community.

This project will also develop information on how volunteer fire departments can enhance compliance with appropriate National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter Health and Safety Standards such as NEPA Standard 1583 -- Health Related Fitness Programs For Fire Fighters. …

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