|Project Title:||Firefighters and Wellness: Building a Healthy Future Through Partnership and Science|
|Organization:||Johns Hopkins University|
|Principle Investigator:||Keshia Pollack, Ph.D, MPH|
|Period of Performance:||06/13/2008 – 06/30/12|
Heart attacks are a leading cause of on-duty deaths for firefighters in the U.S. Reducing firefighter fatalities from preventable cardiovascular conditions is a public health priority.
This project will explore the culture of fitness and wellness for firefighters and identify modifiable barriers to implementing health and wellness interventions in firefighters.
This study will target volunteer firefighters – a segment of the workforce that will benefit from carefully crafted and innovative wellness interventions, and have received limited research attention. Three activities are planned: (1) identifying barriers to implementing wellness and fitness interventions among firefighters and fire departments; (2) developing, testing, and evaluating a pilot intervention; and (3) creating a database system to facilitate longitudinal collection of health and injury-related measures for firefighters.
Projected Results and Conclusions:
An intervention will be developed with the active participation of the volunteer firefighters and, as such, is expected to have significant effectiveness.