A fitness evaluation that fits our profession
This is especially true for firefighters, who in many cases, are at greater risk for certain diseases, illnesses and injuries than the general population. Annual physicals, based upon testing criteria for the increased health risks faced by firefighters, have proven to lead to early detection and prevention of long-term illnesses.
In 2017, the FRCE entered into a memorandum of understanding with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to develop resources for firefighters and clinicians on physicals and how to best implement a physical program.
The FRCE offers free support tools to help you promote the NFPA 1582 annual physical among first responders. The goal is for them to schedule their physical during the same month as their birthday. While the physical is mandatory for all active firefighters and EMS personnel, promoting its benefits and peace of mind helps to encourage their participation. These tools may be downloaded free or ordered and shipped to you from the FRCE.View Toolkit
Here you’ll find the latest information on the NFPA 1582 annual physical. From why it’s important and what it entails to the physical parameters it measures and tests for to how to prepare for it, when to get it done and more. Explore our tools and resources in order to understand and undergo this essential physical.
This free Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals was developed by the IAFC and is available for you to bring to your physician to help them understand the physiological demands of firefighting and the resulting health risks research shows firefighters are most prone to.
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) supports annual medical assessments for all firefighters, but understands the barriers and limitations that may exist. This document outlines several options for departments to consider in developing a firefighter medical assessment program.The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) supports annual medical assessments for all firefighters, but understands the barriers and limitations that may exist. This document outlines several options for departments to consider in developing a firefighter medical assessment program.
Due to the physical demands of the job, it is essential that all uniformed personnel maintain a high level of fitness-wellness. The purpose of the Wellness Fitness Initiative (WFI) is to ensure that uniformed personnel are healthy enough to work safely and effectively during their careers and maintain good health during their retirement.
This National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard outlines an occupational medical program that will reduce risks and provide for the health, safety, and effectiveness of firefighters operating to protect civilian life and property. The full text of this standard can be viewed for free on the NFPA website.
As a follow to the original implementation guide the IAFC developed a follow up document in 2017.