New TargetSafety Offering Aims to Help Firefighters Stay Fit for Duty

TargetSafety is helping firefighters and EMS personnel stay “fit for duty,” the theme of 2010’s Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week (June 20-26), which focuses on health and wellness, an integral part of the Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative (WFI), a program established by the IAFF in cooperation with the IAFC.

TargetSafety teamed with American Specialty Health Incorporated and its subsidiary, Healthyroads®, to deliver a comprehensive health and wellness program through PreventionLink™, the company’s online training and compliance management platform.  The program addresses all five components of the WFI initiative with web-based personal health assessments, self-guided courses, exercise and nutrition planners and other tools.

PreventionLink’s Healthyroads offering not only provides the necessary tools to create customized nutrition and exercise programs, it also enables fire personnel to collect aggregate data to uncover what areas of health and wellness need attention so that their departments can keep firefighters safe, reduce line-of-duty deaths and identify areas of potential risk early, before a problem arises.

PreventionLink also features online tools that enable departments to track station-level tasks and training, create custom courses and tests, access shared resources from agencies nationwide, document and record all certifications and licenses, deliver more than 200 hours of fire/EMS refresher curriculum, manage training events and host web meetings.

“Health and wellness is critical to our department; it is not something we take lightly,” said Joe Bruni, Chief of Safety and Training, St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. “It is a requirement and expectation that every member of our 300-plus staff is ready to respond and able to perform any mission. We were already using TargetSafety’s PreventionLink, and with the new integrated Healthyroads offering, we can take a good look at how we are doing as a whole, identify any places we need to improve, and introduce training and establish exercise and nutrition programs that meet our specific needs. Without this tool, it would not be easy to understand the key areas we need to work on and target what we need to do to stay healthy as a team.”

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