IAFF Local Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 1014
District 10
Department Los Angeles County Fire Department
Members 3,000 All Career
Contact Information Kevin Klar kklar@fire.lacounty.gov
Bob Karwasky rkarwask@fire.lacounty.gov



In 1998, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) joined the nine other Task Force fire departments to form the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI). The LACFD funded its Fitness for Life wellness program through a budget increase approved by the County Board of Supervisors. The LACFD has had three Fitness for Life wellness coordinators in approximately 10 years. Each coordinator has contributed a portion to the overall success of the program.

The program initially started with mandatory physical fitness. The LACFD invested in the station equipment and reinstituted annual medicals. Later, it began a cardio program.


Facility Contracted - 5 medical clinics
Physician Contracted
Additional Staff Full time Wellness Coordinator
Exam Frequency Annual
Exam Details All components of the WFI

Full max stress test

3% incentive pay for participation

Cardiac CT and Angio-program

ACSM Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factor Thresholds
Cardiac Study
PFT Medical Exam Quality Assurance Checklist



Duties Fitness Assessments and Exercise Prescriptions

Body composition evaluation and weight management counseling

Recruit Fitness Training

Injury prevention program

Exercise Time

On-duty mandatory 1.5 hours dedicated time

Exercise Program Recruit fitness program - daily exercises led by PFT's

Post recruit mentor program

Equipment In every station - weight bench w/dumbbells; recumbent bike and treadmill; stability ball
Nutrition Meal Plans

16 Week Fire Suppression Aid Fitness Program
16 Week Fitness Program Tracking Sheet
Cardiovascular Fitness Worksheet
Fitness for Life Career Path
Fitness Evaluation Flow Chart
Fitness Orientation Agenda
Fitness Orientation Letter
Fitness Policy Background
PFT Referral Form
Physical Fitness Guidelines
Pre Academy Fitness Orientation
Probationary Fire Fighter Fitness Contract
Program Design Instructions
Program Design Template
Recruit Pre-Academy Briefing
Proposal for Assisting FF Candidates
Self Assessment Protocols
Station Equipment Nautilus Invoice


Method Contracted for worker's comp; minor injury prevention program through PFTs
Modified/Light Duty Yes
Injury Prevention Committee

No committee

Limited Duty Assignment Program

Behavioral Health

Method Fire Fighter on own
Stress Management


Cost Justification

EBCT Scan Justification
Fitness for Life Program Success

Measurement of Success
Why Wellness Document

Data Collection

Method Currently use Excel and working on getting a grant to implement a new MIS system
Data Collected Medical Fitness Stats

Worker's Comp

Data Collection Justification


Fit for Life Contractors
Fit for Life Requirement Letter
PFT Contact Plan


Clinic Evaluation