NVFC Hosts Firefighter Focus Groups in Maryland
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009|
First responders from across Maryland will participate in firefighter health focus groups this month as part of a research project partnership between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).
A series of four focus groups will take place at the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention in Ocean City on June 14 and 16. An additional leadership focus group will be held at the NVFC headquarters in Greenbelt, MD, on June 24. The leadership focus group will be comprised of chiefs and organization leaders - both volunteer and career - from a mix of rural and urban environments.
The JHSPH is working to complete a three-year research project in collaboration with the NVFC to identify modifiable barriers to implementing wellness and fitness interventions among firefighters and fire departments. Currently there is a lack of information regarding potential barriers and facilitators to wellness and fitness interventions targeting firefighters. The research gathered from focus groups will be used to fill the gap in knowledge and develop programs and strategies that work. This information will then be used to develop and test a pilot intervention.