Every year approximately 100 firefighters die in the line of duty. More than 50% of these deaths are
heart attacks while on a fire scene or shortly after leaving an incident.
The Oak Ridge Fire Department is taking proactive measures to assist their firefighters in defying these morbid statistics. In 2014, ORFD applied for and was awarded the
Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The grant amount totaled more than $
170,000 to purchase exercise equipment, professional training sessions and nutrition lessons as a part of the department's wellness program.
In addition to the exercise equipment and training, the department was able to purchase the
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) program and equipment.
The CPAT is a nationally standardized test for firefighter applicants that was developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and approved by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the US Department of Justice. The program tests fire fighter candidates' physical ability to become a firefighter.