NVFC Partners with Firehouse.com to Release Health and Safety Podcasts

Tuesday, 07 July 2009

As part of Fire/EMS Safety, Health, and Survival Week (or Safety Week) in June, the NVFC teamed up with Firehouse.com to release a series of podcasts on several important health and safety topics. These podcasts are now available on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site at www.firehouse.com.

During Safety Week, NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg was among the panelists at a safety roundtable hosted by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and Firehouse.com on June 15. Other panelists included Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines; Billy Goldfeder and Robert Dube of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; Rich Duffy and James Brinkley of the International Association of Fire Fighters; Ron Siarnicki and John Proels of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; Susan Nicol Kyle of Firehouse.com; and Al Conners, Burt Clark, and Bill Troup of USFA. Topics included size-up concerns, mental health issues, the impact of budgets on firefighter safety, obstacles to improving firefighter safety, and more. A podcast of the discussion is available at www.firehouse.com.

In addition, the NVFC worked with Firehouse.com to develop two 5-minute podcasts focusing on heart-healthy behaviors. NVFC Health and Safety Project Coordinator Lillian Ricardo explains why healthy eating is important for firefighters and offers tips and advice to make healthy eating achievable in a podcast on healthy diet habits. In a second podcast, Gail Fast of L&T Health and Fitness discusses the importance of regular health screenings and the types of screenings recommended for different age groups. L&T Health and Fitness provides the health screenings at the NVFC’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter trade show booth.

For additional information on health in the fire and emergency services as well as tips and resources for becoming heart-healthy, visit the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site.

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