With the health and wellness of our first responders continuing to be an ongoing focus across the nation, the Selden Fire Department’s Health and Safety Program has undertaken its own initiative to help “Battle the Bulge.”
Cardiac events are the No. 1 cause of firefighter deaths. In order to offset these statistics, 30 members of the Selden FD, led by firefighter Vincent Ammirati, have accepted the Weight Watchers Challenge to lose weight and become healthier individuals.
Ammirati proposed the program to the Selden Volunteer Firefighters Benevolent Association earlier this year. The association worked with the Selden Board of Fire Commissioners on the proposal and the program quickly took shape.
The 17-week program is currently under way, with the group assembling every Sunday to weigh in and take part in a Weight Watchers meeting. In addition, the Selden FD has renovated its existing fitness room to provide a nicer environment for members of the department to train.
It all seems to be working. To date, the group has dropped more than 450 pounds!
“Firefighter Ammirati should be commended for all he has done to get this program and its participants literally up and running,” said Selden FD Commissioner Dennis Carman. “We have a great health and safety program, and the addition of Weight Watchers has been a tremendous success and perfect complement to our goal of a healthier fire department.”
There are talks about expanding the program in the future, with discussion of having a personal trainer visit the fire department weekly to ensure members are getting the full value of the program.