Vashon Island Firefighters Focus on Mental and Physical Wellness



Vashon Island Firefighters Focus on Mental and Physical Wellness

O2X Human Performance to provide training and education 

Vashon Island, WA – On January 28th and 29th, 60 members of Vashon Island Fire and Rescue will participate in a two-day human performance workshop. The event will be led by O2X Human Performance, a training and education company that works primarily with tactical populations to optimize performance and increase career longevity.

Firefighters and other first responders face extraordinary challenges daily, leading to compounding stress over a 20+ year career. The curriculum provided at the workshop will aim to mitigate the impact of both mental and physical strain that can lead to behavioral health issues, fatigue, and burnout. O2X has successfully trained thousands of first responders and collaborated with hundreds of public safety agencies nationwide to provide state-of-the-art training and education aimed specifically at helping first responders finish their careers as strong as they started.

“Our most vital resources at VIFR are the people who protect and serve our community, our staff and our members. That’s why we are excited to implement a comprehensive wellness and fitness program that will be delivered this weekend by O2X Human Performance,” said Chief Matthew Vinci, Vashon Island Fire and Rescue. “We look forward to embracing this holistic approach to reducing on-the-job injuries of our members and saving taxpayer dollars. We can have the best tools and equipment on the market, however it’s our staff, who are public safety tactical athletes, that carry out our vital mission to protect our community.”

During the sessions, firefighters will learn about nutrition, strength training, sleep, stress management, and resilience. The O2X team consists of hundreds of specialists, including U.S. Special Operations veterans, strength and conditioning coaches, mental performance experts, PhDs in nutrition and psychology, as well as sleep scientists – all dedicated to helping first responders elevate their human performance.

“O2X is excited to bring our program to VIFR,” said Paul McCullough, Co-founder at O2X Human Performance. “We’re confident our curriculum will play a key role in supporting the health and wellness of those who protect the Vashon Island community.”

The training will take place at 9326 Southwest Bayview Drive, Vashon, WA, USA

About O2X Human Performance 

O2X Human Performance provides comprehensive, science-backed programs to hundreds of public safety departments, federal agencies, and the military. O2X works with clients to elevate culture, improve mental and physical wellbeing, support healthy lifestyles, and reduce healthcare costs associated with injuries and illnesses. Driven by results and cutting edge research, O2X programs are designed and delivered by a team of Special Operations veterans, high level athletes, and hundreds of leading experts in their respective fields of human performance.