IAFF Local Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 1660
District 9
Department Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Members 317 career (combination department)
Contact Information Michael Severson  michael.severson@tvfr.com



Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) implemented the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) in 1998 to maximize the health and fitness of all personnel.  As a result, occupational efficiency, effectiveness and performance was anticipated to increase, time off for personal injury and illness to decrease, and personnel to benefit from an overall improvement in physical and mental wellness.

TVF&R initiated a memorandum of understanding between Local 1660 and the Fire District that suspended the incumbent physical ability test and replaced it with a comprehensive medical-fitness program to be funded by the Districtís general fund. Annual funding covers three wellness program coordinators, an RN and a program assistant, full medical exams, fitness assessments, fitness and medical equipment, training and program supplies. The TVF&R also developed Standard Operating Guidelines that outline the departmentís policies and procedures.


Facility Contracted - Cascade Occupational Medicine for physical exams and return to work evaluations http://www.cascadeoccmed.com
Physician Physician and support staff are utilized on a contract basis
Additional Staff Wellness Program Coordinator


Program Assistant

Exam Frequency Annual
Exam Details Examination process designed to help identify health problems affecting the individual, as well as problems common to the District.

Conduct all pre-physical exams in-house

Dedicated space and equipment to conduct evaluations (vitals, vision, cholesterol, blood work, spirometry, hearing, EKG, urinalysis)

Fit for Duty Memorandum

Return to Work Checklist

Return to Work Evaluation

Return to Work Medical Release Form

SOG Fit for Duty


Duties Assist Wellness Program Coordinator in completing annual fitness assessments

Assist HR in administration of CPAT; all PFTs are trained CPAT Proctors

Attend and participate in Wellness Committee meetings

Develop injury prevention and health promotion programs that are disseminated via station presentation, web or video

Develop personalized exercise prescription to staff when requested


Exercise Time

On-duty - 90 minutes per shift for career fire fighters

Exercise Program Monthly newsletters

Activity specific exercise programs

In-house wellness presentations

Equipment Full compliment
Nutrition Individual appointments, newsletter

2009 Flexibility Fit Challenge

Dynamic Flexibility

Golf Warm-up

SOG Wellness Program

Wellness Newsletter


Method Occupational Health and Wellness Services serve as the treatment coordinator(s), and oversee the implementation of treatment, rehabilitation, and other elements as prescribed to the employee by the District physician
Modified/Light Duty Yes - return to work program includes light duty program and an occupational return to work evaluation (fit for duty and return to work forms listed in medical section above)
Injury Prevention Committee

Yes - Safety Committee reviews all district injuries and develops strategies to combat negative trends in injuries

Behavioral Health

Method (see attached Behavioral Health Overview)
EAP EAP program managed by Reliant Behavioral Health
Stress Management

The Behavioral Health Specialist is well-versed in critical incident stress management/debriefing

Chaplain program

Cost Justification

Method Worker's comp claims cost/savings tracked by our worker's compensation providers and reviewed by the Districts safety committee

Conduct pre-physical exams in-house vs. outside contractor; District estimates that approximately $30,000 annually saved in contractor fees

Data Collection

Method Charts

In-house database

Data Collected Medical data (charts held at contractor's office)

Wellness report (in-house) - annual fitness assessment, wellness questionnaire and cholesterol data compiled

Fitness assessment data (in-house)

Injury information tracked by contract insurance provider, SAIF


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Target Calorie Intake Handout