Leadership

Job-Specific Fitness Training In Massachusetts

Issue 12 and Volume 157.

The fire service has undergone a tremendous: change in the past 20 to 30 years. We have become more aware of the hazards of our profession and are making great strides in improving our skills to be successful and safe. The number of regional courses, conferences, and state training classes offered could keep you busy every weekend of the year. Along with the hands-on instruction and the monthly literature available, at times the training opportunities can be overwhelming. In all the classes I have attended and the trade journals I try to review monthly, I notice a common outcry: how physically demanding our profession is. This observation is backed by the most sophisticated research available. I am one of the greatest proponents of the need for fitness and conditioning training in the fire service and believe it is an area of our profession that has been traditionally neglected. When we…

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