IAFC announces 2009 winner of the Fire Service Award for Excellence
The 2009 winner of the Fire Service Award for Excellence is the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department's Wellness-Fitness Program. Presented every year at the IAFC's annual conference, Fire Rescue International, and co-sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and U.S. Safety Fire Technologies, this award recognizes the very best in innovation and achievement in managing resources to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies.
Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) created a comprehensive program to increase the awareness of DFR personnel about their health and wellbeing through a series of medical evaluations and physical fitness assessments. The program is mandatory in DFR. DFR contracted with MedProvider of Texas to perform the medical-physical evaluations.
DFR has documented at least 10 cases in which there were findings of blocked cardiac arteries that required surgical intervention. Additionally, at least 10 firefighters have had a confirmed diagnosis of a variety of cancers. Also, 47 firefighters were trained and certified as peer-fitness trainers through the Cooper Institute of Dallas as part of the DFR program. They will ensure the success of the program at the station level by providing department members with nutritional and physical-fitness counseling.
Seven finalists are selected from all the nominations submitted during the first half of the calendar year. Each program selected as a finalist receives a check for $500. The grand prize winner is selected by the former presidents of the IAFC and receives a check for $2,000.
The IAFC congratulates the other six finalists on the success and innovation of their programs:
Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2009 news
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