Firefighters Organization Offers Lifestyle Program to Prevent Heart Attack-Related Line-of-Duty Deaths

The First Twenty’s mission is to decrease heart attack-related line-of-duty deaths amongst firefighters by educating and equipping firefighters through physical fitness, mental fitness, and nutritional programs.

A recent study conducted by the United States Fire Administration on firefighter fatalities, which was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, found that “firefighters have a 300 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) compared to the general population.”

Firefighters from The United States Air Force, Baltimore City Fire, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Madisonville (KY) Fire Department, and California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection are among the current participants with The First Twenty, receiving:

  • Program delivery through Web and mobile technology;
  • Education programs on the basics of health and fitness; and
  • Continuous data collection on key firefighter demographics, including health risks.

The First Twenty, founded in 2008, seeks to limit heart-attack-related line of duty deaths amongst firefighters. It does this by providing a fitness and wellness system that will reach, educate, train, and motivate firefighters. Each functional area: Physical Fitness, Mental Fitness, and Nutrition can be accessed through web and mobile technology. The First Twenty is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity others as well as active participants to perform its mission.

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