National Fire Academy Volunteer Incentive Program Students Receive Free Health Screenings

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NFA student and technician at the health screening

Health Technician Maita Belgado takes a blood sample from a National Fire Academy student taking part in a free health screening sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

EMMITSBURG, MD — The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) sponsored a free health screening on September 15 for students participating in Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) courses at the National Fire Academy (NFA).  The optional screenings included blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol tests taken by health technicians from L & T Health and Fitness.  The screenings were part of the NVFC’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is a national program dedicated to saving America's firefighters and EMS personnel from their leading cause of death: heart disease.  The NVFC has successfully offered this screening program to thousands of firefighters and first responders at fire and emergency services trade shows and conferences throughout the country.

The VIP is an intensive six-day NFA educational opportunity designed specifically for volunteer and combination department emergency services personnel. This VIP Week was comprised of six courses that included Leadership and Administration, Management Strategies for Success, Fire Cause Determination for Company Officers, Leading Community Fire Prevention, Command and Control of Incident Operations, and Challenges for Local Training Officers.  VIP Week is offered four times each year and courses have recommended college accreditation through the American Council on Education.

The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and practicing a home fire escape plan.