May 10, 2022
Norfolk Fire & Rescue Focuses on Physical, Mental Health Training

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May is Mental Health Awareness month and some fire departments are taking a proactive approach to incorporate that awareness in their workplace.

According to a recent report from, Norfolk Fire & Rescue, in Norfolk, VA, will partake in a five-day training with a company that specializes in improving tactical athletes’ physical and mental health.

Below is an excerpt from the report.

The company running the training, O2X Human Performance, was founded by a former Navy SEAL. It offers lessons to the military, federal agencies, and public safety groups like fire departments.

“As tactical athletes, first responders risk their lives daily to keep their communities safe,” an O2X spokesman wrote. “They endure physical and, more importantly, mental stress throughout their careers. As a result, it’s become critical that they train their bodies properly to stay healthy, but also maintain their mental health.”

That means they’ll be learning about nutrition, strength training, sleep tips, and stress management.

Norfolk Fire-Rescue Chief John DiBacco said the department was committed to helping its members live healthy lifestyles.

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“More than ever, Norfolk Fire-Rescue recognizes the value of making both physical and mental health a top priority for our members,” he wrote.

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