Commitment to Community Program Details
The Cardiac One Risk Evaluation Program was created to provide a preliminary screening for cardiovascular disease for firefighters in Colorado.
In accordance to State Statute 14-172, our program provides firefighter cardiovascular health benefits. Please see the website for the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust for more information.
This program may be performed at your location for an additional cost or at our facility on the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO at no additional cost. On-site testing requires at least ten individuals for testing.
Cardiac One Risk Evaluation Program Screening Details and Forms
- Resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Fasting glucose
- Fasting lipids
- Waist circumference
- Resting blood pressure
- Review of other risk factors including family and personal health history and smoking habits
Based on the results of the screenings, we will recommend the next level test(s). The next recommended tests are based on the physician’s interpretation of the ECG and number of risk factors. Physician interpretation of the ECG may take up to one week.
We will also provide verification that the screening was performed as required by the State Statute to apply for benefits.
The cost for each individual firefighter is $50 in addition to travel costs. Contact the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust to determine if your agency qualifies for reimbursement. We encourage fire agencies to work with neighboring fire agencies to reduce the travel costs by sharing the cost among agencies.
Non-firefighters, such as spouses or community members, can also participate in the screening for $100.
Please contact Tiffany Lipsey to request a proposal.
Cardiac One Risk Evaluation Program Frequently Asked Questions
What is State Statute 14-172?
Very briefly, this statute requires that fire agencies provide firefighters with medical coverage for heart or circulatory malfunctions. This bill also provides some financial assistance for agencies to cover their firefighters.
What is the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust?
The Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust was created to help with the financial toll created by cardiac events. More information can be found on the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust website.
What is the CORE Program?
The Cardiac One Risk Evaluation (CORE) is a basic heart disease screening that can be provided on location anywhere in the state of Colorado or at our facility in Fort Collins. It includes a resting 12-lead lead electrocardiogram with an interpretation by a cardiologist, resting blood pressure assessment, blood lipid analysis, body composition assessment, and a review of personal health history. We also provide a follow-up visit, which allows department members to ask questions about their test results and receive personalized recommendations for achieving their health goals.
What are the requirements for having a screening visit at my department?
In order to perform a screening visit at your location, we need a minimum of 10 participants and a private testing area to conduct evaluations and follow-up visits. If our staff will be at your location for multiple days, you will need to arrange for overnight accommodations.
How far do you travel?
We will travel anywhere in the state, provided we have at least 10 people committed to participating in the screening.
Which departments are eligible?
All departments are eligible to participate in the screening.
What is the cost?
The screening costs $50 per firefighter, plus travel expenses. Non-firefighters, such as spouses or community members, can also participate in the screening for $100.
How does my department get reimbursed?
Departments may be reimbursed through the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Circulatory Trust. Please find more information on the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust website.
What if our department members cannot test on the same day?
Please contact us and we will try to devise a schedule that fits your needs.
What if I have fewer than 10 department members interested?
We strongly encourage agencies to contact their neighboring departments to ensure enough participants. This also helps reduce travel costs. Your department members can also complete the screening and follow up visits at our facility in Fort Collins.