Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 16

Unit 16 - Healthy Living for Working in the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

Being healthy is essential for anyone wanting to work in the Fire and Rescue Services. A healthy lifestyle is a key factor in the success of any employee within the Fire and Rescue Service.

A poor lifestyle can lead to illness, injury and an inability to perform well. Understanding the factors which affect healthy living allows learners to explore food choices, exercise, the consequences of using illicit substances and sexual health issues.

This unit allows learners to develop a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding of the factors contributing to a healthy lifestyle whilst developing a range of team and personal skills.

Learners will gain an insight into how healthy living enables fire and rescue service personnel to stay fit and active for their role. This will be achieved through participation in a variety of different activities; which will culminate in learners demonstrating a broad knowledge of factors contributing towards a healthy lifestyle.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the concept of a healthy lifestyle
  • Understand how personal choices can impact on a healthy lifestyle
  • Be able to assess their own lifestyle

1 Understand the concept of a healthy lifestyle

Balanced diet: national guidelines and recommended daily allowances e.g. salt, fat, sugar; Health Service initiatives e.g. 5 a day; recognise different food groups to combine them in order to achieve a balanced diet.

Exercise and fitness: different ways of increasing fitness e.g. circuit training, attending gym, team sports; ways to incorporate exercise into normal daily routines, for example change method of travel from catching to bus to walking.

2 Understand how personal choices can impact on a healthy lifestyle

Sexual health: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs); HIV and AIDS; contraception; pregnancy; support organisations;

Drugs: legal drugs i.e. prescription medications, alcohol, cigarettes, solvents; illegal drugs i.e. cannabis, cocaine, heroin

Age Expectancy: benefits of healthy livings; benefits of positive personal choices

3 Be able to assess their own lifestyle

Collecting and collating information: e.g. food and exercise diary, type, amount, timings, feelings

Assess: comparison against national guidelines and initiatives; setting appropriate goals

Report: identify strengths and weaknesses for areas of improvement e.g. eating different types of food, eating at different times, drinking more fluids, exercising in different ways and at regular times, reducing habits e.g. smoking, drinking alcohol

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1review their own life style in relation to national guidelines and set appropriate targets to improve their life style
P2describe how personal choices can affect an individual’s health

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Essential Resources


  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars e.g. FSC1/89 - Breathing Apparatus and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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