BARRIERS TO IMPLEMENTATION OF WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMS IN CAREER FIRE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS: AN EXPLORATORY QUALITATIVE STUDY.

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      Firefighter wellness has become a concern across the country, in large part because a combination of poor fitness levels, excess weight, and a high-intensity work environment contributes to chronic illness as well as line-of-duty deaths. Workplace wellness programs are effective in career fire service organizations, but nationwide implementation rates are low. This study examined the barriers to implementation in career fire service organizations in the United States. Using a semistructured interview format, 18 fire service leaders from eight different geographically disparate organizations were interviewed. Results revealed themes involving barriers across categories of buy-in, financial matters, leadership support, and labor management. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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