Washington, D.C., September 13th, 2005 - The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce that Erron Kinney, a pro-football player for the Tennessee Titans and active volunteer firefighter will be the spokesperson for the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. Kinney has played in the tight-end position for the Titans for the last six years after playing college football for Florida.
Originally from Ashland, Virginia, Kinney became involved in the fire service at age 13 when he became a junior firefighter. He became certified during his sophomore year at Florida, and during his senior year, he was credited with saving a fellow firefighter's life during a boat plant fire in Archer, Florida. Erron is currently a member of the Williamson County Rescue Squad, Station 22 in Grassland, Tennessee. Additionally, he serves as deputy chief for the Shady Grove Fire Department in Hickman County, TN. Other accomplishments include being appointed by the governor of Tennessee to sit on the State Fire Commission and being the spokesperson for Fire Safe Tennessee, an initiative to reduce fire deaths.
"The NVFC is proud to partner with someone as distinguished and community oriented as Erron Kinney," said NVFC Chairman Phil Stittleburg. "To give back to your country and community in the way that Erron does should serve as an example to others and we are thrilled to have him assisting us on this great program. With his help, we can continue to spread the word about the Program and start to reverse the trend of firefighter fatalities."
Erron will assist NVFC by speaking at various fire service related conferences, offering firefighter health and safety tips on the Heart-Healthy website, www.healthy-firefighter.org. Erron also hosts a weekly radio show with another NFL Player which will provide NFL commentary and fire safety and fitness tips. More information about the show will be available on the Heart-Healthy website.
The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, now in its third year, educates firefighters and the communities they serve about the risks of heart attacks and other heart-related dangers inherent to firefighting. Each year, over 50% of all line-of-duty deaths are from heart-attacks. The program has set an aggressive goal of reducing heart-related on-duty firefighter deaths by 25% by the year 2008. To accomplish this, we're undertaking a comprehensive, proactive program of health education and supporting tools. The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is the nation's leading heart attack prevention program for firefighters. We intend to reach every fire department and fire station across the U.S. to educate, inspire and facilitate heart-health and lifestyle changes, to better prepare our nation's first responders for their duties.
For more information on the National Volunteer Fire Council's health and safety efforts, including the Heart-Healthy Firefighter program, contact Maggie Wilson, Director of Health & Safety, at 1-888-ASK-NVFC or 202-887-5700, or via e-mail at