Being able to perform at peak level when called upon is an important element in the fire service. The health and wellness of a firefighter can affect the level of performance as well as result in accident, injury, or death.
Downloadable Instructor's Guides
Topic: Health And Wellness Concerns
Teaching and Learning Domain:
Level of Instruction:
Time Required: 2 Hours
- Appropriate visuals and chalkboard or easel pad
- Fire Department Safety Officer, 1st ed., International Fire Service Training Association.
Motivation: Being able to perform at peak level when called upon is an important element in the fire service. The health and wellness of a firefighter can affect the level of performance as well as result in accident, injury, or death. Statistics indicate that about half of the firefighter line of duty deaths are the result of heart attacks. The job is stressful and we must be physical ready to deal with that stress.
Objective (SPO): The firefighter will demonstrate a general knowledge of the factors affecting health and wellness and measures that can be taken to address potential deficiencies.
Overview: Health And Wellness Concerns
- Understanding Physical Fitness
- Physical Fitness Programs
- Wellness Considerations
Instructors Notes: Rather than conducting this drill in a lecture format, it may be more beneficial for all participants to facilitate an interactive discussion of the various items. There may be attendees with expertise in a particular area that may be beneficial to others.
Health And Wellness Concerns
Identify the relationship between physical fitness and the fire service
List the elements of a fire service physical fitness program.
Identify wellness concerns that may affect a firefighter.
Identify health and physical hazards related to the duties of a firefighter.