IAFF LocalUnited Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 493
DepartmentPhoenix Fire Department
Members2,000 All Career
Andy Arredondo
[email protected]



The Phoenix Fire Department (PFD) Health Center is nationally recognized for its comprehensive approach to wellness and has been providing state-of-the art care to fire fighters since 1987. The history of the Health Center reflects a group of dedicated professionals who have consistently served the well-being of Phoenix Fire Department members. Initially, the Health Center was housed at a retired fire station, which was remodeled to accommodate annual physicals. After approximately one year, the Health Center started to manage work injuries and rechecks, including exposures to hazardous materials and infectious diseases. To date, the Phoenix Fire Department Health Center completes annual physicals on all of its members, which is a department requirement.

Funding for the health center is part of the fire department budget. In addition, the facility has Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with 17 outlying fire departments to provide annual physical and surveillance at a contracted rate. The revenue generated from these outlying cities goes back into the City of Phoenix general fund to help offset costs.

It is the intent of the Health Center to restore the health of any department member who has been subjected to injury, illness or
exposure. It is also the intent of the Health Center to strengthen individuals to withstand both the physical and emotional aspects
of the job. Specialized programs have been developed to address basic health and wellness issues, industrial exposures exposure incidents and behavioral health.
Click here to visit the Phoenix Fire Department’s Health Center Homepage.


FacilityIn house health center
PhysicianContract with Banner Occupational Health for medical staffing:
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Medical Director
Physicians – (1) full-time; (4)part-time
Physician Assistants – (2) full-time; (2) part-time
Additional StaffSome staffing requirements are fulfilled utilizing fire fighters on an overtime basis or providing injured fire fighters with an
alternate duty position.
Program Manager
Registered nurse – (2) full-time; (1) part-time
Xray Technician
Medical Assistant
Infection Control Officer
Exposure Control Officer
Exam FrequencyAnnual – department requirement
Exam DetailsAnnual Physical Components

Annual Health Review Form

Annual Health History
Infection Control Program


DutiesFire fighter consults
Training Academy
Department classes
Exercise Time

Yes – minimum of 1 hour on-duty

Exercise ProgramHealth education
Tobacco cessation training
Individual programs upon request
EquipmentAll fire stations are equipped with aerobic equipment and various resistance and weight training equipment depending on  station size and number of crew members
NutritionContracted registered dietitian upon health center physicians referral only
Nutritional counseling
Diet and weight management
Brown Bag Lunch Program
Healthy Recipes

Health Center Overview

Fitness Program & Workout Documents
Health, Fitness & Safety Symposium
Here’s to Your Health Videos and Newsletters
Fitness Equipment Request Process
Fitness Equipment List and Guidelines
Fitness Equipment Repair Request Form
Tier 4 Program


Functional movement mobility screenings offered during annual physical
Fire Rehabilitation Program
Modified/Light DutyAlternate Duty Program
Industrial leave management
Injury Prevention Committee


Behavioral Health

MethodFamily counseling
Alcohol and drug abuse
Friends helping Friends Program
Stress ManagementYes

Phoenix Fire Department
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education, Awareness, Treatment & Prevention Program

Cost Justification

MethodTrack worker’s comp claims cost/savings and lost time of work hours through the City of Phoenix Safety Division

Data Collection

MethodElectronic Medical Records (EMR)
Data CollectedMedical Database – data collected and entered into system by medical staff during the fire fighter’s annual physical exam
Fingerprint recognition check-in used for EMR
Exposure Control Database


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