Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Health & Safety

Improving Your Fireground Performance: Firefighter Functional Fitness

Issue 12 and Volume 169.

By Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle For decades upon decades, most firefighters have agreed that their own health and fitness are key factors not only in improving fireground performance but also in increasing the chances for a long and healthy career and retirement. We couldn’t agree more. In fact, health and fitness are more than key factors; they are requirements, and there’s good reason for this. For decades and decades, the number-one killer of firefighters has been and continues to be heart disease. Much like fireground success, for our fitness efforts to be successful, we must also apply the correct strategies and tactics to our approach. In this article, we outline the strategy of the Four Pillars of Firefighter Functional Fitness, describe their components, and tell you how you can turn this strategy into…

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