The Health Programs Section is comprised of the Public Safety Occupational Health Center, Behavioral Health, Wellness / Fitness, and the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Branches.
The Infectious Disease Control and Prevention (ICP) branch conducts all education, prevention, and reporting related to infectious disease exposure events. While the ICP branch works closely with the Public Safety Occupational Health Center, the ICP branch works collectively with other county agencies assisting with education, prevention, and post-exposure management related to emerging infectious diseases such as Weapons of Mass Destruction, hepatitis C, etc.
The Wellness / Fitness branch emphasizes physical fitness by supporting personnel with equipment and opportunities for physical fitness training, as well as conditioning and nutritional guidance provided by certified Peer Fitness Trainers. Additionally, the Peer Fitness branch manages the annual Work Performance Evaluation for incumbent personnel and the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) for fire applicants.
The Behavioral Health branch provides assistance to fire and rescue personnel in effectively coping with emotional, physical, and the mental stresses of work and personal issues through active support of and participation in the county-wide Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Additionally, the Behavioral Health branch aids with assisting family members when fire and rescue personnel sustain a serious injury or illness, along with overseeing the Chaplains’ Program.
The Public Safety Occupational Health Center (PSOHC) is a state-of-the-art medical facility that provides occupational health screening for public safety applicants, incumbent personnel, and volunteers. The PSOHC works closely with all three branches of the Health Programs Section. The PSOHC provides comprehensive medical-physicals, immunizations, respirator fit-testing, medical consultations, surveillance, fitness-for-duty determinations, physical therapy, illness prevention, health risk reduction, and urgent care for industrial injuries/illnesses to career and volunteer public safety personnel.
The Occupational Health and Safety Program Manual (PDF, 369K) is available in PDF format.