Western Sydney Wanderers & Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) announced a new partnership under their Tactical Athlete Resilience Program (TARP) and Rehab initiatives.
Employer Mutual Limited (EML) are sponsors of the TARP program used throughout sporting organisations such as the Wanderers to provide FRNSW firefighters access to their professional health services and support their health and wellbeing. The partnership also includes a rehabilitation element funded by EML ensuring FRNSW firefighters also have access to high-quality medical treatment and conditioning programs.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson stated via press release:
“We’re proud to announce the partnership with Fire and Rescue NSW. It’s an extremely unique and proud day for our club to have such an affiliation with an amazing organisation. The key premise to this partnership is multi-layered but at the core, it is working with Fire & Rescue firies, based in Western Sydney, and giving them access to our world-class training facility in Blacktown to make them fitter and stronger,” he said.
“It is based on utilising the expertise and knowledge from the various training programs our high-performance teams run to prepare them for the different situations they tackle on a daily basis. We are more than just a football club and have a greater community responsibility to the Western Sydney region.”
Fire and Rescue NSW Manager of Health Promotion, Brendan Mott, added via press release:
“We’re currently running both our TARP and Rehab program at the Western Sydney Wanderers facility in Rooty Hill. It looks to use the elite sporting model and apply that to a first responder setting. Health and safety is a large priority for our organisation and the demands of our work does come with risk. It is inevitable that at times we suffer injuries in our firefighter workforce so having this support is critical for the program to come to life.”
FRNSW Wellbeing Officer West Joel Grimes, who is currently participating in the TARP initiative at the Wanderers, shared his experience via press release:
“I’m currently participating in the TARP initiative, so we get to use the Western Sydney Wanderers facility and their strength and conditioning coaches to make us better for our roles. Our bodies go through a lot of strenuous activities, so it’s important to be strong and flexible as we are potentially lifting people out of buildings. It’s also good to get education to fulfil our jobs better.”