Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program Awarded $1 Million for Phase Four
|Thursday, 01 June 2006|
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) was awarded a $1 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for Phase Four of its Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. The grant is administered through the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
"The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is very important to the safety and welfare of firefighters across the nation," said Maggie Wilson, Director of Health and Safety for the NVFC. "Heart attack is the leading cause of firefighter fatalities. This grant will enable us to expand our heart attack prevention efforts and reach more firefighters with our messages and healthy lifestyle information."
Over half of all firefighter deaths are attributed to heart attacks. The NVFC launched the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2003 as a proactive effort to reverse this alarming trend. Phases One and Two of the program emphasized the need for health screenings among firefighters, and the NVFC offered free cholesterol, blood pressure and body composition screenings for firefighters at national fire service trade shows. More than 10,000 firefighter and emergency service personnel have been screened to date.
Phase Four of the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program includes the following efforts:
The AFG program awards grants directly to fire departments of a state to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel, with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants that address AFG program priorities, demonstrate financial need and demonstrate the benefit to be derived from their projects. For more information, visit www.firegrantsupport.com/afg.