IAFF Local Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, IAFF Local 2068
District 4
Department Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department
Members 1,400 Career; 150 Civilian (FT); 225 Civilian (PT)
Contact Information Dennis M. Kotecki dennis.kotecki@fairfaxcounty.gov



The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wellness program encompasses all elements of the Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) and is a collaborative approach between management and labor to develop, promote, enhance and maintain the wellness and fitness of the fire fighters who deliver service to the citizens of Fairfax County. The goal is to develop a positive educational approach to wellness and fitness in the fire and rescue service.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department developed an overall wellness-fitness program to maintain uniform personnel physical and mental capabilities. The program is designed to be positive and requires mandatory participation by all uniform personnel. It allows for on-duty time participation using facilities and equipment provided or arranged by the department. It encompasses rehabilitation and remedial support for those in need, and contains training and education components with the goal to be reasonable and equitable to all participants.


Facility In-house Occupational Health Center
Physician In-house
Additional Staff Exercise Physiologist


Physical Therapist

Exam Frequency Annual comprehensive occupational medical and fitness exams


Exam Details Full blood panel assessment, hearing and vision exams, chest x-rays and fitness exam

Family and Medical Leave SOP



Duties Work performance evaluation

Exercise programming

Proctor CPAT

WelFit Program Staff Health Programs Manager

WelFit Program Manager - oversees the PFT Program, CPAT, Work Performance Evaluation and satellite fitness facilities and equipment needs

Strength Conditioning & Exercise Specialist

Exercise Time

2 Hours/Day On duty - Can use recreation centers; 5 satellite gyms; deals with local gyms

Exercise Program Wellness Fitness Center - training and education are provided to support fitness program
Equipment Every station has cardio and weight equipment
Nutrition There are currently no links or files available for dissemination.  You can get more information from the contact listed above. 

CPAT Costs
Draft Station Exercise Handbook
FCFR Recruit Wellness Fitness Handout
Fitness for Duty SOP
Fitness Program SOP
Informational Bulletin

Managing Peer Fitness Trainers
SOP Work Performance Evaluation
Station Exercise Handbook
Wellness  Fitness Program Power Point
Wellness Fitness Program Manual
Wellness Fitness Newsletter June 2008
Wellness Fitness Newsletter Fall 2008
Wellness Fitness Newsletter Winter 2008
Wellness Fitness Newsletter Spring 2009



Support is provided for rehabilitation and remedial support for anyone who needs it through the Wellness Fitness Center.

Light Duty SOP
Personal Injury Reporting SOP
Light Duty Program SOP

Behavioral Health

EAP External program; self referral, supervisor-suggested referral, or supervisor-performance referral
Stress Management

Crisis Response Team

Behavior Health Coordinator

On Scene Traumatic Stress Management

SOP Employee Assistance Program
Stress Management Program

Cost Justification

There are currently no links or files available for dissemination. For more information, see the contact listed above. 

Data Collection

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department uses MedGate for its medical database system to collect and analyze clinical and health outcome data. Once the WFI/Cancer and Occupational Disease Database (funded by the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine) is completed, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Indianapolis Fire Department will transfer data from their Medical Information Systems to the IAFF central database. 


Goals and Objectives


Work Performance Evaluation SOP