Firefighter Health Week: Day One

Sunday kicks off a week of information that can truly reduce the number of LODDs.

Today the National Volunteer Fire Council begins its National Firefighter Health Week 2011 with the theme “When it comes to your health, you’re always on duty.” From now to Saturday the NVFC will be presenting daily information, resources and two webinars to help you take the first steps towards better health and a reduced line of duty death risk.

From the NVFC site here is the outline for this week’s events:

Sunday, August 14: National Firefighter Health Week Kick-off

– Utilize the tools and resources at www.healthy-firefighter.org/healthweek to find information, tips, tools, and activity ideas for each day of National Firefighter Health Week.

Monday, August 15

– Webinar on Heat Stress – Choosing the Right PPE

Details: Monday, August 15 at 2 pm Eastern. Sponsored by TECGEN.

Description: Understand the physiology of heat stress and how the total heat loss rating of your PPE applies to real world situations. Webinar is complimentary and lasts approximately 1 hour.

Register now: Go to https://nvfc.webex.com and click on Upcoming Sessions. Please contact Allison Moore at amoore@nvfc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-887-5700 with any questions.

– E-blast on the day’s focus topic – CRISIS: Understanding the Risk

Tuesday, August 16

– E-blast on the day’s focus topic – DISPATCH: Get Support

Wednesday, August 17

– E-blast on the day’s focus topic – SIZE-UP: Make a Plan

Thursday, August 18

– E-blast on the day’s focus topic – ATTACK: Take Action

Friday, August 19

– Webinar on Obesity

Details: Friday, August 19 at 2 pm Eastern

Description: First responders face many threats to their health and safety, but heart disease remains the number one cause of on-duty deaths. Obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, yet the extent of its effect on the fire service remains largely unknown. The NVFC has partnered with the HOPE Health Research Institute to study obesity in the fire service. Learn about the findings outlined in the study along with recommendations to combat obesity and improve overall health. Webinar is complimentary and lasts approximately 1 hour.

Register now: Go to https://nvfc.webex.com and click on Upcoming Sessions. Please contact Allison Moore at amoore@nvfc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-887-5700 with any questions.

– E-blast on the day’s focus topic – OVERHAUL: Live Life

Saturday, August 20 – Health Week Wrap-Up and Event Day

– This day is for you and your department to organize or attend an event to support your commitment to health and wellness. Click here for ideas and to make this the August wellness challenge for your department.

– Consider organizing a department trip to Six Flags. Five Six Flags theme parks are offering a special discount of over half off main gate ticket prices to first responders and their friends and families during National Firefighter Health Week. Click here to learn more and find your nearest participating park.


Photo courtesy of Mark Brady.

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1 Comment

  • Dave LeBlanc says:

    it is sad commentary on the Fire Service that we will argue for three days about how aggressive firefighting is killing our people, but half of those same people won’t give health week a second thought.

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