New Firefighter Health Programs Promote Fitness

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There are new resources available to fire and metropolitan districts that are members of the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Circulatory Benefits Trust. The CFH Trust just rolled out two grant programs and a partnership with Colorado State University that allow members to ensure that their firefighters are heart healthy and ready for duty and service to their community.

Firefighter Heart Fitness Grant (FHFG)

The FHFG program provides funding to member fire departments for the purpose of providing heart health screening to their covered firefighters. This will allow those with heightened risk factors for qualifying heart issues to better manage their own cardiac health.

This basic level of testing is set as a minimum for those departments which have not yet adopted NFPA 1582 Fitness for Duty standards.

Additionally, this will also help Trust members maintain compliance with CRS Part 3 of Article 5, Title 29, which establishes that both career and volunteer firefighters must receive a basic heart screening after being hired, but prior to a covered incident in order to receive benefits.

CORE Program

The Trust has worked with Colorado State University to develop the portable Cardiovascular One Risk Evaluation (CORE) Program, which will provide a basic cardiovascular risk screening for just $50 plus the cost of travel.

Even though non-CFH Trust districts are not eligible for the grant reimbursement, any organization including CSD Pool non-fire members, for $100 plus travel cost, can contract the services of the CORE program to come to your location if you have ten or more employees interested in receiving this screening.

Prior Heart Incident Grant (PHIG)

The PHIG program was set up to provide additional resources to those firefighters who are covered under the CFH Trust program and have had a cardiac condition in the past. This grant helps pay up to $750 for special levels of health management services and testing to assist in identifying and mitigating continued cardiac risk.

For more information about these programs, visit cfhtrust.com/programs. If you are a non-fire district and would like information about bringing the CORE program to your organization, contact us at cfhtrust@mcgriff.com.

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