Healthiest Fire Department Challenge

In collaboration with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Garnet Health, the Sullivan 180 Healthiest Fire Department Challenge focuses on the health and wellbeing of our county’s firefighters. Firefighting is both a physically and emotionally demanding job. Firefighters put themselves at risk each time they respond to a call. According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, from the moment the tones drop, a firefighter’s heart rate increases by 47 beats per minute. The dangerous work, heavy uniforms, and high risk environment; accompanied by concerns of high blood pressure, heart health, and disturbed sleep patterns, are significant health stressors.

The Healthiest Fire Department Challenge kicks off on January 1 and ends on September 1. The Challenge is designed to be easy, but impactful. Participating fire departments will engage in activities to enhance their physical and mental health, such as walking a local trail, holding a “drink water” campaign, hosting a Mental Health First Aid training, or incorporating healthy meals at drill nights. Departments will receive credit in the form of “turtle points” for each health focused activity they complete. Throughout the challenge, Sullivan 180 will track and highlight the activities and accomplishments of the participating departments. Awards ranging from $500 to $15,000 will be announced at the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Parade on Saturday, September 9. The two departments that earn the most turtle points will be eligible for a grant in the amount of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. These grants are made possible with generous support from Aileen Gunther.

Healthiest Fire Department Challenge

In collaboration with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Garnet Health, the Sullivan 180 Healthiest Fire Department Challenge focuses on the health and wellbeing of our county’s firefighters. Firefighting is both a physically and emotionally demanding job. Firefighters put themselves at risk each time they respond to a call. According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, from the moment the tones drop, a firefighter’s heart rate increases by 47 beats per minute. The dangerous work, heavy uniforms, and high risk environment; accompanied by concerns of high blood pressure, heart health, and disturbed sleep patterns, are significant health stressors.

The Healthiest Fire Department Challenge kicks off on January 1 and ends on September 1. The Challenge is designed to be easy, but impactful. Participating fire departments will engage in activities to enhance their physical and mental health, such as walking a local trail, holding a “drink water” campaign, hosting a Mental Health First Aid training, or incorporating healthy meals at drill nights. Departments will receive credit in the form of “turtle points” for each health focused activity they complete. Throughout the challenge, Sullivan 180 will track and highlight the activities and accomplishments of the participating departments. Awards ranging from $500 to $15,000 will be announced at the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Parade on Saturday, September 9. The two departments that earn the most turtle points will be eligible for a grant in the amount of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. These grants are made possible with generous support from Aileen Gunther.

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Turtle Tally Leaderboard

Grahamsville

40

Lake Huntington

26

White Lake

11

Grahamsville

Grahamsville

40

40

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington

26

26

White Lake

White Lake

11

11

Yulan

Yulan

11

11

Mountaindale

Mountaindale

10

10

Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville

9

9

Rock Hill

Rock Hill

8

8

Lumberland

Lumberland

7

7

Neversink

Neversink

7

7

Wurtsboro

Wurtsboro

7

7

Kauneonga Lake

Kauneonga Lake

2

2

Summitville

Summitville

2

2

Monticello

Monticello

1

1

Bloomingburg

Bloomingburg

0

0

Liberty

Liberty

0

0

Roscoe

Roscoe

0

0

Youngsville

Youngsville

0

0

For more information contact:

Lindsay Wheat
lwheat@sullivan180.org

or call (845) 295-2683

Sullivan 180 Healthiest Fire Department Committee:

Domoniquie Byrd – Garnet Health
Jill Holland – Sullivan County Board of Fire Commissioners
John Hauschild – Sullivan County Bureau of Fire
John Liddle – Sullivan County Public Health
Brian Soller – NYS Fire Instructor
Lindsay Wheat – Sullivan 180

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