NVFC Releases Updated Health and Wellness Guide
|Tuesday, 04 November 2008|
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), has released an updated edition of the Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services. This valuable, free resource is available on the NVFC web site at www.nvfc.org.
Health and wellness is an extremely important issue for the volunteer fire and emergency services. The leading cause of all line-of-duty deaths for firefighters is heart attack, and the most common cause of injury is overexertion and strain.
The prevalence of cardiovascular illness, deaths, and work-inhibiting strains and sprains among firefighters illustrates the need for a comprehensive health and wellness program in every department. Yet department leaders often struggle to implement a program for a variety of reasons, including resistance or lack of motivation from members, the costs associated with implementing a program, and the lack of well-defined requirements.
The Health and Wellness Guide demonstrates ways to overcome these obstacles, and provides direction for developing and implementing a department program. It also highlights several existing health and wellness programs and how they have maintained their success over time. Originally released in 1992 and updated several times since then, the 2008 version includes new information and resources to help departments ensure the health and well-being of their members.