Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was recently awarded fifth place in the Portland Business Journal’s “Healthiest Employers in Oregon” program (100 to 499 employee category).

The program is designed to honor companies who are demonstrating innovation and leadership in their wellness program.

“We are honored to be recognized for the commitment made by our union and district leadership to prioritize health and fitness,” said TVF&R Board President Bob Wyffels. “This commitment reinforces our culture of safety and performance, which is at the heart of TVF&R’s core principles.” This principle commands that everyone who comes to work goes home from work, and everyone is expected to perform their duties at the highest level without compromising safety.”

The job of a firefighter requires extreme physical exertion and can result in adverse physiological and psychological outcomes, which over time have the potential to impact the overall wellness. TVF&R’s wellness program is a comprehensive, data-driven approach that helps enable its employees to meet the medical, physical and mental demands of the job.

Towards that goal, the district provides preventative health screenings, fitness assessments, blood-borne pathogen training, vaccinations, behavioral health counseling, ergonomic assessments, injury management and respiratory protection.

Throughout the years, the program has also detected cancer, heart disease and other debilitating conditions known to afflict firefighters.

This is not the first time TVF&R has been recognized for its health and safety initiatives. In 2009, the district received the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award.

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