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Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program

Heart attack is the leading cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, accounting for around half of all firefighter deaths each year. The NVFC launched the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2003 to combat this alarming trend through education, awareness, and resources. The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program promotes fitness, nutrition, and health awareness for all members of the fire and emergency services, both volunteer and career.

Resources available through the Program include:

  • Resources for starting and implementing a health and wellness program in your fire/EMS department
  • Trade show booth with free health screening and resources
  • Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop to train department personnel to start a department health program and motivate their fellow responders to focus on health and fitness
  • Information on heart health, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle choices
  • International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, held each June in partnership with the IAFC to encourage departments and personnel to focus on safety and health topics especially critical to the fire and emergency services
  • Health and wellness challenges to help motivate your department
  • Interactive message board to connect with other first responders looking to become and stay heart healthy
  • Webinars to educate first responders about important health and wellness topics
  • Securing Sponsors for Department Health and Wellness Programs, a toolkit for finding funding to support a wellness program in your department
  • Heart-Healthy Firefighter Resource Guide
  • Heart Healthy Firefighter Cookbook
  • Smoking cessation resources
  • Success stories from first responders from across the country who have succeeded in getting heart healthy

Visit to find the resources and tools to keep you and your department heart strong and ready for the next call.