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Health and Wellness


According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the leading causes of death and injury to emergency responders are related to lifestyle factors, such as inadequate physical conditioning and improper nutrition. What’s more, these lifestyle factors directly affect the well-being and job performance of emergency responders. Proper physical conditioning and wise nutritional choices can help emergency responders cope with stress, minimize fatigue, improve immunity, elevate mood and improve overall strength, including balance and posture.

Education is a key component of building a healthier fire and rescue service. In our Health and Wellness section of Pocket Tools Training, there are easy-to-prepare recipes for delicious and healthy foods, nutrition education Quick Drills and functional exercises to improve strength, flexibility and endurance.

Information found in this section is presented to you by North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal Fire / Rescue Training Specialists Heidi Heavner. Heidi is a Certified Fire Service Peer Fitness Trainer as defined by the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Council on Exercise Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Program.

The content of this Pocket Tools Training section is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for advice from your physician. The first steps to health awareness are regular check ups and medical monitoring from your health care provider. Please consult with your health care provider or nutritionist before starting a new diet or fitness regimen.