Mark Lamplugh (4th generation firefighter and former Captain with the Lower Chichester Fire Company) has posted an informative article on the prevalent issue of lack of physical fitness being a major contributor in many firefighter deaths and how proper prevention methods could go a long way in reducing the number of these deaths.
YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLE HERE.
One prevention method is developing an in-house Health & Wellness Program. VFIS of Texas is actually providing a grant up to $5,000 to select volunteer Texas Fire & EMS Departments to cover costs for equipment or professionals to develop an in-house Health & Wellness Program. The deadline to apply for this grant is December 31, 2014 and you can apply here: http://www.vfistx.com/news/2015-firefighter-safety-wellness-training-grant-application
Additionally, please see further resources concerning Firefighter Health & Wellness here:
VFIS of Texas NEWS
Here you will find helpful information regarding firefighters, ems responders, and updates in insurance policies.