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Fire Prevention & Safety Research and Development Grants - 2007 Grant Awards - 01040

This page contains information about Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Research and Development (R&D) Grant number EMW-2007-FP-01040. The content is useful for those in the fire service seeking information about to how to improve the safety and health of firefighters.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Data
Project Title:Firefighters and Wellness: Building a Healthy Future Through Partnership and Science
Organization:Johns Hopkins University
Principle Investigator:Keshia Pollack, Ph.D, MPH
Grant Number:EMW-2007-FP-01040
Award Total:$1,000,000.00
Period of Performance:06/13/2008 – 06/30/12
Grant Status:Completed



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.

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