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NVFC Provides Health Screenings to National Fire Academy Students

NVFC Provides Health Screenings to National Fire Academy Students

Tuesday, 04 October 2011

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) sponsored free health screenings for students participating in the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) courses at the National Fire Academy (NFA) campus in Emmitsburg, MD, on September 15.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) sponsored free health screenings for students participating in the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) courses at the National Fire Academy (NFA) campus in Emmitsburg, MD, on September 15.

The optional screenings included blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol. The screenings were part of the NVFC’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, which is funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Fire Prevention & Safety Grant program.

The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is the only national program dedicated to saving America's firefighters and EMS personnel from their leading cause of death: heart disease. The NVFC has provided health screenings to thousands of firefighters and EMS personnel at fire and emergency services trade shows, fire schools, and conferences nationwide. By knowing their numbers, first responders and their families can better understand their risk factors for heart disease and take the steps to lowering their risks.

The VIP program is an intensive six-day educational opportunity designed specifically for emergency services personnel in volunteer and combination departments. VIP Week is offered four times per fiscal year. VIP courses also have recommended college accreditation through the American Council on Education.

Stay tuned to the NVFC web site for upcoming events. Learn more about the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program and access resources for getting and staying healthy at www.healthy-firefighter.org.  

 

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