- About Med-Act
The role of EMS personnel, based on their position desciptions, can be physically and emotionally demanding. In the course of carrying out their daily EMS responsibilities, employees may be pushed to their physical and emotional limits. At such times, a risk for injury or stress on the employee exists. It is recognized and accepted that high levels of physical and emotional fitness can enhance the individual's ability to perform the necessary job functions. Individuals in poor physical condition, and/or who are in unhealthy emotional states, may be less able to endure the physical and emotional demands of the job, especially in the long term.
It is understood that a healthy and fit work force is vital in order to effectively carry out the department's mission. For these reasons and also the genuine concern for the employee's health and well being, Med-Act adopted a Fitness and Wellness Program. This program is administered under initial employment and then annually. It consists of a work capacity test, strength and flexibility evaluations, and cardio-respiratory treadmill testing. Every employee must pass this testing to continue in their current job capacity.
On a daily basis, employees are expected to use the fitness equipment provided in each station. Each station is equipped with a minimum of a stationary bicycle. Most stations have complete weight rooms, with treadmills, stair steppers, free weights, and stationary bicycles. Many employees also enjoy running around the station area outdoors when the weather permits.
The Wellness and Safety Group ensures compliance with the required testing, as well as evaluating the multitude of wellness and safety information available to the department.