IAFF LocalNarragansett Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 1589
DepartmentNarragansett Fire Department
Members35 All Career
Contact InformationJoe Volpe
[email protected]


In 2005, under the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness, the Narragansett Fire Department was awarded funding via the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In 2006, the Narragansett Fire Department embarked on the exciting challenge of developing it’s first ever Wellness/Fitness program (WFP). The grant provided for much needed safety and fitness equipment and the tools necessary to begin the process. In order to implement the WFP, the NFD appropriated space for equipment, accommodated on duty time, and trained one member to serve as a certified Peer Fitness Trainer. These efforts have been instrumental in developing the department’s wellness philosophy: a holistic approach encompassing fitness, injury rehabilitation, behavioral health, and education. As part of the department’s efforts to stay current with the latest exercise science and wellness trends, it has developed partnerships with various local fitness and medical professionals using both outsourced and in-house fitness and rehabilitation programs.

The WFP has changed the exercise, nutrition, and behavioral patterns of all of the participating members.  The increased level of efficiency and stamina of fire fighters has led to a reduction in on duty injuries and shortened rehabilitation ime when an injury has occurred.  This is especially valuable for small departments where man power issues can leave personnel even further strained.

An added benefit of the WFP has been increased morale, increased socialization of members of the department, and increased fundraising for many local charities in our community. While physical and mental wellness of our fire fighters is a worthwhile cause, the participants are also having fun while accomplishing this goal, further contributing to the program’s success.


FacilitySouth County Hospital
PhysicianDepartment physician
Additional Staff

1 assistant to the PFT (uncertified)

Exam FrequencyAnnually
Exam DetailsMedical Exam Survey


DutiesOversee all fitness and rehabilitation programs
Collect fitness data for all individuals participating in the program
Coordinate behavioral health consultations
Facilitate all wellness and nutritional education
Organize all fitness/fundraising events and competitions for the department
Exercise Time

On duty (1 hour daily when possible) and off duty time allocated; minimum 3-4 days per week

Exercise ProgramCardiovascular, muscular endurance and strength training programs such as Cross Fit and Kettle bell programs
Many cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, cycling, running, rowing and stair climbing encouraged
EquipmentFull Smith machine, Kettlebells, Bosu balls, medicine balls, free weights, treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines
NutritionOutsourced educational programs through Muni Blue (Blue Cross); diabetes education through Muni Blue


MethodIn-house programs designed by Peer Fitness Trainer
Outsourced programs such as South County Hospital Cardiopulmonary rehab
Modified/Light DutyN/A
Injury Prevention CommitteeTown Safety Committee meets monthly

Behavioral Health

MethodMember access to CISD, EAP
EAPEAP available through the town of Narragansett
Stress ManagementSee above

Cost Justification

MethodTracking of on-duty injuries and rehabilitation time by Safety Committee and department PFT
Wellness Program Saves City Money

Data Collection

MethodIndividual fitness data collected by PFT
Chart form and Excel program


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