Over the last three years, the Boston Fire Department has recorded a total cost savings of $6.3 million from major innovation and investments in state-of-the-art safety equipment, policy changes, and a three year partnership with O2X Human Performance. This savings includes a $4.7 million reduction directly attributed to decreased injury rates, paid time off, monthly sick call, and increased resilience of the department. The total reduction includes costs associated with surgeries, disability, and administrative duties.
Since his appointment in 2014, Commissioner Joe Finn has been working tirelessly with city leaders and local union representatives to implement sustainable, department-wide culture change and improve the health and safety of Boston firefighters. Those include new initiatives in the Safety, Health, and Wellness Division like impactful cancer prevention educational videos; a contract with MSA for new SCBA; and commencement of a partnership with O2X Human Performance for training and education covering conditioning, nutrition, sleep science, stress mitigation and mental performance.
Innovation in Boston is set to continue in FY 2018 with investments in programs for cleaning firehouses and ongoing improvements to ensure that bunker gear is maintained and stored properly. BFD also plans to continue providing comprehensive training targeting physical health, mental wellness and resilience.
In addition to the tangible improvements in health and the quantitative cost savings, the steps taken by leadership at the Boston Fire Department have also helped break barriers surrounding PTSD and other mental health issues plaguing the fire service. Of note, resilience seminars and mental performance training has led to cases of at-risk firefighters successfully dealing with severe mental health challenges and getting assistance in critical moments, the impact of which is immeasurable.
The Boston Fire Department is proud to show the economic and human impact of health and wellness initiatives implemented over the last three years. What is harder to quantify, but equally important to recognize, is how Commissioner Finn, Mayor Walsh, and leadership from Local 718, have facilitated a department-wide culture change leading to a more resilient force dedicated to keeping the City of Boston safe.
Full Results Document: http://bit.ly/O2X_BFDCostSavingsReport2018