IAFF LocalUniformed Fire Fighters Association of New York/New York Uniformed Fire Officers Association, IAFF Local 94/854
DepartmentFire Department City of New York
Members11,500 All Career
Contact InformationMike Cacciola
[email protected]


As one of the original 10 cities selected to take part in the initial implementation of the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Initiative, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) continues to be committed to the health and safety of its members. Members participate in annual medical exams, which reflect almost 100 percent compliance throughout the ranks.

The Counseling Services Unit has increased its staff dramatically, offering members various behavioral therapy services. Smoking cessation and blood pressure lowering programs are the newest additions to the WFI program and have proven extremely beneficial. The FDNY is committed to continuing to support this initiative, with the intention of providing services that will improve wellness, fitness, safety and effectiveness to all members.


FacilityWellness-Fitness Center at FDNY Headquarters
PhysicianIn house staff
Additional StaffWellness-Fitness Coordinator
Exam FrequencyDesigned as annual but can only do 90 members/day
Exam DetailsComplete, as per IAFF/IAFC WFI design


DutiesAssist in annual medical administration
Design fitness programs for members
Maintain fitness equipment
Instructors for Academy recruits
Instructors for CPAT mentoring program
Exercise TimeDaily as schedule of duties allows
Exercise ProgramVarious aerobic training
Circuit training (resistance)
EquipmentEvery firehouse has a gym
Equipment is either bought by members chipping in, donated from private individuals, health clubs, colleges, etc.
Example – network with a local sports club; universities for liquidated equipment
NutritionNutritional recommendations are made by PFTs; referred to nutritionist or R.D. if desired


MethodDiagnosis, treatment, rehab, cleared to full duty
Modified/Light DutyYes, as per physicians determination
Injury Prevention CommitteeYes, Pass it on Program

Behavioral Health

MethodIn house Counseling Services Unit (CSU)
Stress ManagementCSU

Cost Justification

MethodLine of duty injury claims


Data Collection

MethodHRIS System (human resources information system)
Data CollectedAll medical testing except x-rays


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