The city of West Lafayette has adopted a free athletic training program for employees

It's a two-year pilot program that will provide free physical training. Police and fire department employees can schedule appointments with Franciscan Health trainers.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 2:54 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of West Lafayette is testing out a new athletic training program for city employees.

Law enforcement and firefighters will be the first to benefit. It's a two-year pilot program that will provide free physical training.

Police and fire department employees can schedule appointments with Franciscan Health trainers. They'll be able to strength train or even undergo physical therapy. 

Franciscan Health has already tested the program in 29 area school districts as well as Purdue. Hospital leaders say extending the program to city officials was the perfect next step.

"We've been looking for more opportunities to help serve the community and this was just a really good opportunity," said Lisa Decker, vice president of Marketing and Communications at Franciscan Health Lafayette. "We work very closely with local law enforcement and firefighters and so we're pleased to be able to play a part in helping them stay safe."

For a job that can be taxing on the body, Fire Chief Tim Heath said this program will be beneficial.

"If our people are in shape, they're healthy, they're taking care of themselves then they can respond to those emergencies quicker," said Heath. "If our guys have to climb 16-stories and then be able to work at a rigorous pace then this will benefit our people."

The city hopes this training program will cut down on work-related injuries. Franciscan Health will be taking data from the program to see its success. Expanding the program to more workplaces is a long-term goal.

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