IAFF LocalAustin Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 975
DepartmentAustin Fire Department
Members1,150 All Career
Contact InformationJill Craig
[email protected]


In 1995, the Austin Fire Department (AFD) began providing full medical exams to all new hires, all members promoted to a higher rank and all special operation team members. Once in the rotation, individuals continued to receive annual medical exams, building each year on the number of exams given. These initial exams were outsourced to an occupational medical group.

In 1996 the AFD began developing and administering its first department-wide fitness assessments usiing a contracted Wellness-Fitness Coordinator. The position was approved as a full-time employee of the AFD in 1997. By a provision introduced into the labor contract by the union, the Wellness and Fitness program would be directed by a civilian subject matter expert. The Wellness-Fitness Coordinator performed fitness assessments, developed exercise programs and offered nutrition counseling. During the first year, assessments were delivered in the station while members were on duty. By the second year, the AFD began placing the units out of service as members were brought to a central site for the annual assessment.

In 2004, the AFD received an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant, which it used to establish the AFD medical clinic. The AFD now operates a full-time clinic with a staff of seven, including a physician, an RN/administrator, two exercise physiologists, one exercise physiologist/sports medicine specialist, a records clerk and an administrative assistant.


Additional StaffRN/Administrator
Exercise Physiologist (2)
Exercise Physiologist/Sports Medicine Specialist
Records Clerk
Administrative Assistant
Exam FrequencyAnnual
<40 submaximal treadmill test
40+ maximal treadmill test with ECG
Exam DetailsFull WFI Exam See attached document

Medical Exams Fitness Program
Annual Medical Physicals Announcement


DutiesPhysical fitness for recruits
CPAT orientation and proctor
Exercise TimeOn duty
Exercise ProgramFitness consultation
Personal training
CrossFit training
Yoga training
Kettlebell training
EquipmentTreadmills, bikes and weights at each station
NutritionCounseling by appointment

Exercise Equipment Specifications
Fitness Policy
Functional Movement Screenings Bulletin
Wellness Center Information
WFI Standard Operating Guidelines


MethodInjury rehabilitation post medical discharge through wellness clinic as needed and injury prevention program via department-wide functional movement screenings
Modified/Light DutyYes

Behavioral Health

MethodIn-house Psychologist
Stress ManagementYes

Cost Justification

MethodTrack worker’s comp claims cost/savings and lost time of work hours through Worker’s Comp and Safety Office Workers’ Compensation Memo

Workers’ Compensation Memo

Data Collection

MethodNone, but have commitment from the fire chief to purchase
Track by hand as needed; medical files maintained by civilians


Fire Act Grant Narrative