NVFC Launches Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) launched the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program at Fire-Rescue East in Jacksonville, Florida from January 23-24. The program, sponsored by FEMA, was an instant success with nearly 300 people getting their cholesterol tested free of charge at the Heart-Healthy booth.

The cholesterol testing took under ten minutes and results were provided to attendees within minutes. Along with free cholesterol testing, the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Kit was also distributed which included information on firefighters and heart disease, cholesterol, fitness, nutrition and other resources.

“The NVFC is pleased to see such a positive response to this life-saving program,” said Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg upon the program’s launch. “We look forward to providing this program to firefighters across the United States and to increase awareness of this serious health problem within the fire service.”

The NVFC, through partnerships with several health and fire-related organizations such as the American Heart Association, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, launched this program to help USFA reach its 5-year objective to reduce firefighter fatalities by 25%. Heart attacks continue to be the leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters, claiming the lives of 53 firefighter in 2003.

While the NVFC’s goal is to promote the interests of the volunteer fire service, the issue of firefighter health and safety affects the entire fire service. That is why the program was specifically designed to impact all firefighters, volunteer or career.

The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program will be at the following trade shows in 2004 offering free cholesterol testing:

April 26-May 1, 2004

Fire Expo
Harrisburg, PA
May 21-23, 2004

Keep an eye on the NVFC website,, for the launch of the new Heart-Healthy Firefighter website in early Spring 2004.


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