Health & Safety


Issue 8 and Volume 155.

BY CAROLYN M. MUEGGE, MS, MPH; TERRELL W. ZOLLINGER, DRPH; ROBERT M. SAYWELL JR., PH.D., MPH; STEVEN M. MOFFATT, MD; THOMAS HANIFY; and LOUIS A. DEZELAN From the Indiana University Department of Family Medicine and Bowen Research Center, Public Safety Medical Services, and Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department In 1996, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) developed the Joint Labor Management Wellness Fitness Initiative for the fire service in the United States and Canada (“Cooperative Approach to Building a Healthier Fire Service,” Fire Engineering, January 1998, p. 53). The initiative’s ultimate goal was to develop a comprehensive wellness and fitness program to improve firefighters’ quality of life. The initiative developed a task force to evaluate the use of a performance evaluation for incumbent firefighters and candidates applying to the fire service. After reviewing performance testing-related issues, the task force unanimously agreed to defer…

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