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'Operation Stay Alert' for Firefighters launched in Columbus OH

September 1, 2009



Researchers from the Division of Sleep Medicine launched the first
phase of 'Operation Stay Alert' with the Columbus Division of Fire
last week, a fatigue management program designed for firefighters and
developed with support from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants
program. Senior Project Manager Conor O'Brien and Research Assistant
Amy Hallal are spending nearly 3 weeks in Columbus to provide 4-5
educational sessions a day to around 650 firefighters in the city. In
addition to sleep health and hygiene education, firefighters will be
asked to complete a voluntary survey to assess their risk of having a
clinical sleep disorder and will be referred for additional evaluation
and treatment if indicated.

Click here for a report and video from 10TV News in Columbus

FEMA recently awarded a second grant to Dr. Czeisler and Dr. Lockley (Co-
PIs) to expand the program to four additional cities and to test
different methods of delivering the educational presentations and
sleep disorders screening as the first step to developing a nationwide
program.

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