I was over 300 lbs for many years and felt just fine-(no physicals back then)-until any fire run where I actually had to climb a story or two with a line. I am pretty sure I went thru an SCBA in 3-4 minutes…something like that…and it happened a lot.
I think those “ran out of SCBA air much quicker than I should have” events, as well being the Dad to some very young kids at the time, made me think about my weight, fitness and ability to do the job…and to be able/unable to support the others on that hose line.
Many firefighters struggle to get and stay fit, while some departments struggle to hold firefighters accountable to basic fitness levels. It’s a very real issue-career and volunteer-just look around.
So who is responsible for fitness?
The fire department?
The North American Junk Food Association?
SO what are some realistic suggestions, ideas and solutions for individual Firefighters and departments, so we can realistically begin to tackle the fitness issue?
Once again Gordon Graham’s folks at LEXIPOL are hosting a one hour, no cost fire service webinar. Join me with these fire folks who will discuss the unique fitness (eating, exercise etc) needs of all Firefighters, how to design workouts for maximum effectiveness, and how to instill a positive “attitude” of simply being healthy and able to do the job throughout your department.
· What current health and fitness components are most important for firefighters and why
· Key elements to build into your workouts…be it walking or a full workout
· The importance of making fitness a fire department priority, and tips for motivating and supporting all firefighters to improve their ability to BE A FIREFIGHTER.
-FF Aaron Zamzow-Firefighter/Training Officer-Madison (WI) Fire Department – Owner of Fire Rescue Fitness.
-Deputy Chief Dan Kerrigan-East Whiteland (PA) Township – Author of the book:
FF Functional Fitness.
-Dr. Sara Jahnke, Ph.D.-Director, Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research-
National Development and Research Institutes.
The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 22 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Registration is free.
Can’t make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording after the event.