Frederick Fire Department reflects on the progress of the health and wellness program


FREDERICK, Md. (DC News Now) — A program that works on the physical and mental health of firefighters is seeing drastic improvements. It’s making sure firefighters can stay on the job.

“Sleep plays a role in how well you perform on the job. Your nutrition plays a role in how well you perform on the job. If one area is lacking, it’s going to affect other areas, and eventually, it can be very detrimental in the long term,” said Kayla Stoneback, human performance specialist for O2X.

4 years after starting a health and wellness program, the Frederick Fire Department says they are now seeing the real-life benefits.

“Firefighters are public safety, industrial athletes. There are never two days at the office that are the same. One minute they can be at the fire station training or preparing a meal, the next minute that could be climbing a 100-foot ladder, or climbing down a smoky hallway, or carrying a patient down the staircase,” said Fire Chief Tom Coe…

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