National Firefighter Health Week is just around the corner, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is releasing new resources to help fire and EMS departments across the country focus on their health and wellness. During the week of August 14-20, the NVFC will host two live webinars, release new exercise and nutrition videos, and send out daily e-blasts with tips and tools to help you and your department get and stay healthy. In addition, the NVFC has partnered with Six Flags to offer a special discount to first responders during Health Week.
The NVFC strongly encourages all fire departments and personnel to focus on their health during National Firefighter Health Week and take the steps needed to get healthy and stay strong for life. Incorporate these new activities and resources into your department’s Health Week plans.
The following is the schedule of events for National Firefighter Health Week 2011:
Sunday, August 14: National Firefighter Health Week Kick-off
Monday, August 15
Webinar on Heat Stress – Choosing the Right PPE
E-blast on the day’s focus topic – CRISIS: Understanding the Risk
Tuesday, August 16
E-blast on the day’s focus topic – DISPATCH: Get Support
Wednesday, August 17
E-blast on the day’s focus topic – SIZE-UP: Make a Plan
Thursday, August 18
E-blast on the day’s focus topic – ATTACK: Take Action
Friday, August 19
Webinar on Obesity
Details: Friday, August 19 at 2 pm Eastern
Description: First responders face many threats to their health and safety, but heart disease remains the number one cause of on-duty deaths. Obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, yet the extent of its effect on the fire service remains largely unknown. The NVFC has partnered with the HOPE Health Research Institute to study obesity in the fire service. Learn about the findings outlined in the study along with recommendations to combat obesity and improve overall health. Webinar is complimentary and lasts approximately 1 hour.
Register now: Go to https://nvfc.webex.com and click on Upcoming Sessions. Please contact Allison Moore at
or 202-887-5700 with any questions.
E-blast on the day’s focus topic – OVERHAUL: Live Life
Saturday, August 20 - Health Week Wrap-Up and Event Day
This day is for you and your department to organize or attend an event to support your commitment to health and wellness. Click here for ideas and to make this the August wellness challenge for your department.
Consider organizing a department trip to Six Flags. Five Six Flags theme parks are offering a special discount of over half off main gate ticket prices to first responders and their friends and families during National Firefighter Health Week. Click here to learn more and find your nearest participating park.
If you are not currently signed up to receive the Heart-Healthy Firefighter E-news, click here to sign up to ensure you will receive the National Firefighter Health Week e-blasts and additional information about Health Week activities.
National Firefighter Health Week 2011 is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. It is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, Six Flags, and TECGEN.