IAFF LocalPrince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association, IAFF Local 1619
DepartmentPrince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
Members1,000 career (combination department)
Contact InformationBill Bussing
[email protected]


An internal survey was initiated within the Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) in 2003-2004 by the Wellness-Fitness Committee to ensure feasibility of a permanent wellness-fitness coordinator, PFTs, fitness equipment in stations and research and development of the IAFF/IAFC CPAT in the future. Local 1619 leadership made several attempts to convince management to legitimately pursue a program. The majority of members were also aware of the importance of wellness-fitness. In order to convince management of the necessity of a wellness-fitness program, Local 1619 worked to help the fire chief understand that progress toward a wellness program would not negatively affect the budget. A study conducted within the department showed that improvement was needed and that the current medical services provider’s program was completely flawed. As a result, the Labor/Management Wellness-Fitness Committee was formed.

In 2006, a Wellness and Fitness General Order was submitted to the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department with the wellness and fitness policies and procedures and all program components. The Wellness and Fitness program components revolve around the systems of Total Health Risk Management and are designed to protect the health and well-being of the individuals in the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and decrease the fiscal affects of injury, illness and sick leave use.

The three major goals of this General Order included: individual and departmental safety; individual and overall readiness of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department; and implementation of individual and organizational wellness and fitness training.

To read the entire General Order with the wellness and fitness policies and procedures,click here.


FacilityOff site medical clinic – Concentra
PhysicianWellness/Fitness Medical Director
Additional StaffWellness and Fitness Coordinator
Exam FrequencyAnnual – scheduled by the Risk Management Office (RMO)
Exam Details Medical Details

Medical/Physical Process
Medical Report Review
Stress Test Procedures


DutiesConduct physical fitness appraisals
Maintain equipment
Facilitate wellness/fitness education and promotion at the station/battalion level
Recruit physical fitness appraisals and pre-hiring wellness/fitness mentoring
Research and development of new wellness/fitness methods
Coordination and communication of information and data to the Risk Mgmt. Office and the Wellness and Fitness Coordinator
Exercise Time

Minimum of 1.5 hours 3 days each week on day work
2 hours every 24 hour work shift
Each individual employee’s responsibility to maintain a training log of documented physical fitness training and functional physical training; must be signed by the employee’s supervisors and presented upon request to the Risk Mgmt. Office

Exercise ProgramFunctional Physical Fitness Training Programs – offer the opportunity to combine physical fitness training with heavy exertion skills and movements required of job tasks that are specific to emergency operations
Peer Fitness Trainer Programs
Pre-Hire Fitness Preparation Program
Recruit Fitness Training Program
EquipmentIn house 360-square-foot fitness center includes:  treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, rowing machines, stair climbers, machine and free weights
Use of station equipment, community centers
NutritionWellness and Fitness Director works with a certified nutritionist(s) to develop weight loss and create individualized diet plans to achieve and maintain optimum health, body weight while reducing chances for disease

Functional Fitness Training Form
Health Wellness Administrator Job Description
Health Wellness Coordinator Job Description
Wellness Fitness Program Task Descriptions
Wellness Fitness Station Education
Wellness Fitness Training


MethodInjury/Illness Back to Work Program
Modified/Light DutyYes – Risk Mgmt. Office conducts case review meetings on a weekly basis
Injury Prevention Committee


Behavioral Health

MethodEAP Program
Education in station
Stress Management

Health care provider and County program

Depression and Alcohol Risk Assessment

Cost Justification


Data Collection

Method(CTX) through medical physicals
Cardiac risk factors tracked by Mirosoft Access
Data CollectedN/A


There are currently no links or files available for dissemination. For more information, see the contact listed above.


Wellness and Fitness Power Point