NVFC and EKHO Heart Rate Monitors Partner for Firefighter Wellness

Saturday, 09 August 2008

Everyday, firefighters push themselves to the limits. Whether responding to an incident, training, or working out, your body and heart experience major stress. To prepare yourself for this intensity, you must monitor your heart-health and strengthen it through targeted workouts. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and EKHO Heart Rate Monitors began a partnership in 2007 to alert firefighters to the importance of being heart-healthy.

Heart attack continues to be the leading cause of on-duty firefighter deaths. According to the USFA’s annual report, Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, heart attack caused 47% of all on-duty firefighter deaths in 2006. The NVFC, through its groundbreaking Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, is working to combat this alarming statistic and reverse this largely preventable trend.

It has been said that “knowledge is power.” Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment of heart-related issues, along with being able to listen to what your body is telling you, gives you power over a potentially deadly situation. EKHO Heart Rate Monitors allows you to monitor your heart rate in “real-time,” alerting you immediately should your heart rate fall or rise beyond the set limits. Whether your heart rate is too slow or too fast, you’re instantly alerted by an auditable alarm. EKHO heart rate monitors will help you understand how to strengthen your heart during workouts to ensure you are at optimum heart-health when duty calls.

Visit www.ekho.us to place an order for your EKHO Heart Rate Monitor. Special “Fire Chiefs Packs” are also available for the entire Department. Contact Mike Gullickson at 612-922-3766 ext. 2 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please mention the NVFC when ordering. EKHO will donate a percentage of all profits from sales generated from NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program.

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