|IAFF Local||Calgary Fire Fighters|
Association, IAFF Local 255
|Department||Calgary Fire Department|
|Members||1,200 All Career|
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.
General Physician with special interest in sports medicine
|Additional Staff||Occupational Nurse|
Office Administrators (2)
Wellness & Fitness
CFD Medical Details
|Exercise Time||1.5 hours per shift|
|Exercise Program||Designed by PFT’s|
|Equipment||Full compliment (see list below)|
|Nutrition||Contract resources through EFAP services and other agencies|
|Method||Contracted FMS screening during wellness|
|Injury Prevention Committee||No|
|Method||Contracted Facility and Physician – Dr. of Psychology|
|Method||Track worker’s comp claims cost/savings and lost time of work hours|
|Method||Electronic Medical Information System (EMIS)|
Excel spreadsheet fitness tracking
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