NEW YORK CITY, NY
 
IAFF Local Uniformed Fire Fighters Association of New York/New York Uniformed Fire Officers Association,IAFF Local 94/854
District 1
Department Fire Department City of New York
Members 11,500 All Career
Contact Information Mike Cacciola cacciom@fdny.nyc.gov


Approach


As one of the original 10 cities selected to take part in the initial implementation of the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Initiative, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) continues to be committed to the health and safety of its members. Members participate in annual medical exams, which reflect almost 100 percent compliance throughout the ranks.

The Counseling Services Unit has increased its staff dramatically, offering members various behavioral therapy services. Smoking cessation and blood pressure lowering programs are the newest additions to the WFI program and have proven extremely beneficial. The FDNY is committed to continuing to support this initiative, with the intention of providing services that will improve wellness, fitness, safety and effectiveness to all members.

Medical
 

Facility Wellness-Fitness Center at FDNY Headquarters
Physician In house staff
Additional Staff Wellness-Fitness Coordinator

Nurses

Technicians

Exam Frequency Designed as annual but can only do 90 members/day
Exam Details Complete, as per IAFF/IAFC WFI design

Fitness

IAFF/IAFC PFTs 50
Duties Assist in annual medical administration

Design fitness programs for members

Maintain fitness equipment

Instructors for Academy recruits

Instructors for CPAT mentoring program

Exercise Time

Daily as schedule of duties allows

Exercise Program Various aerobic training

Circuit training (resistance)

Equipment Every firehouse has a gym

Equipment is either bought by members chipping in, donated from private individuals, health clubs, colleges, etc.

Example - network with a local sports club; universities for liquidated equipment

Nutrition Nutritional recommendations are made by PFTs; referred to nutritionist or R.D. if desired

Injury-Rehab

Method Diagnosis, treatment, rehab, cleared to full duty
Modified/Light Duty Yes, as per physicians determination
Injury Prevention Committee

Yes, Pass it on Program


Behavioral Health

Method In house Counseling Services Unit (CSU)
EAP Yes
Stress Management

CSU

Cost Justification

Method Line of duty injury claims

 

Data Collection

Method HRIS System (human resources information system)
Data Collected All medical testing except x-rays

Implementation

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