IAFF LocalCalgary Fire Fighters
Association, IAFF Local 255
DepartmentCalgary Fire Department
Members1,200 All Career
Ian Crosby
[email protected]


The Calgary Fire Fighters Association is the second-largest IAFF affiliate in Canada and represents fire fighters, apparatus technicians and maintenance staff.


The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) Wellness and Fitness program is not only changing behavior patterns in a few individuals — it is changing the culture of the entire department. This change is a result of the continuous commitment to conduct comprehensive medical evaluations, along with fitness assessments and healthy lifestyle counseling for all its personnel.

Because fire fighters face a high risk for a coronary episode, the CFD initiated an awareness and prevention program. The Wellness and Fitness division evaluated 526 department personnel using a cardiovascular screening tool from the American College of Sports Medicine. It is the departments belief that a comprehensive screening program, coupled with early intervention techniques, will help prevent the onset of this disease.

As part of the department’s efforts to stay current with emerging science, it has developed partnerships with various universities to conduct research projects that will continue to advance health initiatives in the fire service.

Physical fitness is critical to maintaining the wellness of the CFD’s uniformed personnel. The department’s commitment to providing the appropriate equipment, space, accommodation of on-duty workout time and access to Peer Fitness Trainers has been instrumental in developing the department’s wellness philosophy.


PhysicianOccupational Physician
General Physician with special interest in sports medicine
Family Physician
Additional StaffOccupational Nurse
Kinesiologists (3)
Office Administrators (2)
Wellness & Fitness
Exam FrequencyAnnual

CFD Medical Details


Recruit training
Program design
CPAT proctors
Exercise Time1.5 hours per shift
Exercise ProgramDesigned by PFT’s
EquipmentFull compliment (see list below)
NutritionContract resources through EFAP services and other agencies

PFT Description
Station Equipment List


MethodContracted FMS screening during wellness
Modified/Light DutyYes
Injury Prevention CommitteeNo

Behavioral Health

MethodContracted Facility and Physician – Dr. of Psychology
Stress ManagementYes

Cost Justification

MethodTrack worker’s comp claims cost/savings and lost time of work hours

Data Collection

MethodElectronic Medical Information System (EMIS)
Excel spreadsheet fitness tracking

Health Questionnaire
Jackson Strength Norms
Vertical Jump Averages


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Health & Wellness Report