Free health screenings at tradeshows and expos to emergency personnel

A recent article in Fire Chief magazine discuses that each year heart attacks claim more lives in the line of duty than any other cause. For each first responder who dies, there are hundreds more who suffer from heart disease or have risk factors that may one day result in heart disease.

This may not be surprising given that heart disease is the No. 1 one killer in the United States. Unlike most Americans, however, first responders routinely have additional stress placed on their hearts due to the nature of their jobs.

In addition to the added stress of emergency response, many first responders don’t take proper care of their health. Unhealthy eating and fitness habits, general stress from juggling the fire service, family and – often – another job, an inability to keep up with routine doctor visits and health screenings, and other factors all can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.

It is critical that firefighters are prepared physically and mentally for their duties and all that comes with being a first responder. To that end, the National Volunteer Fire Council created the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2003 to raise awareness within the fire and emergency services about the dangers of heart disease and to provide tools and resources to first responders to help them begin and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Now in its eighth year, the program has grown to encompass a wide range of initiatives to improve the health of emergency personnel.

You can find the full article here.