Fire EMS, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Physical Fitness in the Fire Service

Issue 12 and Volume 165.

BY GUIDO CALCAGNO Today’s firefighter needs to better understand the correlation between physical fitness and improved job performance. Firefighting is a career that requires you to be at the peak of your game at all times. Going from a sound sleep to your peak heart rate within three minutes can put physical and emotional stress on anybody. Improving your overall strength through physical fitness allows you to perform fireground tasks without putting yourself or others at risk for injury. Mental and physical strength enable a firefighter to stay focused on a given task and have the muscular endurance to complete it. Through a regimented training program, you can train your body to face many different challenges. With proper cardiovascular and strength training, you will have the muscular and respiratory endurance to operate in a variety of scenarios and situations in which a less fit member may not. Although a firefighter…

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