NVFC Partners with Pfizer to Help Firefighters Quit Smoking

Friday, 20 March 2009

Smoking cessation is a key component of leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. Since its inception in 2003, the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program has provided resources and information to help firefighters quit smoking. Now, the NVFC is pleased to announce a partnership with Pfizer Inc. to develop an in-depth smoking cessation program. The Put It Out campaign is currently being piloted in North Carolina.

As part of the pilot program, the NVFC is working with ten fire departments from across the state to educate first responders on smoking cessation and its benefits. All ten departments will receive materials and information regarding smoking cessation and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle. Five of the departments will also receive a specialized smoking cessation training seminar.

The progress of all ten departments will be followed for six months to gauge how many firefighters quit smoking and stay quit. A comparison will then be conducted on the success rate of the departments who received the specialized training versus those who just received the materials. As an added incentive, Scott Health and Safety has donated a $1,500 gift certificate for the purchase of equipment to the department with the highest success rate.

To help the firefighters in improving their overall heart-health in the course of the pilot program, each department will have access to the tools and resources provided by the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. Additionally, the NVFC is working with the North Carolina Dietetic Association to offer nutritional counseling in each department and with local gyms and fitness centers, including the YMCA, to provide discounted memberships during the six-month program. The departments’ innovative methods for making health and wellness a priority will be tracked as part of the pilot program.

The departments participating in the pilot program include:

  • Asheville Fire Department
  • Shelby Fire Department
  • Lenoir Fire Department
  • Swannanoa Fire Department
  • Chapel Hill Fire Department
  • Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department
  • Walkertown Fire Department
  • Goldsboro Fire Department
  • Jacksonville Fire Department
  • Winterville Fire Department

Learn more about smoking cessation and find more tips, tools, and resources on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter web site.

About Pfizer Inc.

Founded in 1849, Pfizer is the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, taking new approaches to better health. Pfizer discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers quality, safe and effective prescription medicines to treat and help prevent disease for both people and animals. Pfizer also partners with healthcare providers, governments and local communities around the world to expand access to our medicines and to provide better quality health care and health system support. At Pfizer, more than 80,000 colleagues in more than 90 countries work every day to help people stay happier and healthier longer and to reduce the human and economic burden of disease worldwide. www.pfizer.com.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. The NVFC launched the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program to promote fitness, nutrition, and health awareness within America's fire and emergency services. It is the nation's only heart attack prevention and awareness campaign targeted at all firefighters and EMS personnel, both volunteer and career. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.

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