Health & Safety

Five Steps to a Firefighter Fitness/Wellness Culture

Issue 12 and Volume 173.

By Jim Moss and Dan Kerrigan Fitness is essential to the job of firefighting. Period. But whose responsibility is it for you, the firefighter, to be fit for duty? Some may give the excuse that their fire department doesn’t have a fitness program, that they don’t have fitness equipment at their firehouse, or that they don’t know where to begin. The obligation to be fit for duty lies solely with the firefighter. Whether we have formal fire department support or not, we must take ownership of our personal fitness. But know that there is strength in numbers. Don’t underestimate the power of positive peer pressure. Building a fitness culture at your fire department is achievable, and it can be done at the grassroots level. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Improving Your Fireground Performance: Firefighter Functional Fitness No Gym? No Problem? Functional Fitness in the Firehouse Dan Kerrigan Wants You ‘Functionally Fit’ Why…

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