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Dec 20, 2016
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Developing a Firefighter Workout

Developing a Firefighter WorkoutBy: Jordan PonderFirefighter fitness is vital to our performance and longevity.  It is the cornerstone to increasing our safety and a critical element to protecting firefighters.  It’s a fact that can’t be overstated. The tragic trend of firefighter obesity, diabetes, hypertension and stroke can be positively impacted by implementing a quality training program.  All too often though, firefighters are operating within a program that doesn’t fit their specific…See More
Dec 7, 2016
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Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths: Are we Missing the Big Picture?

Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths: Are we Missing the Big Picture? By: Dan Kerrigan & John Spera “The Shortest Route to Fewer Firefighter Deaths is through the Heart.”-National Fallen Firefighters Foundation When an operational fire service line-of-duty (LODD) death occurs, we give it our full attention—and rightly so.  There is a predictable chain of events for every single fireground operational LODD.  The fire service community routinely dissects such incidents from every angle, down to a…See More
Nov 30, 2016
The First Twenty posted a blog post

Would You Want You Rescuing You?

Would You Want You Rescuing You? The day we take the oath, we lose the right to be out of shape and overweight.  We must show up in good physical condition to fulfill the oath we swore.  Donning our SCBA prior to entering a structure fire is not an option, and neither is being fit for duty.We have one of…See More
Aug 31, 2016
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Be Selfish with your Personal Fitness

Be Selfish with your Personal FitnessThe Olympics are here, and most of us have been watching our American athletes as they perform to the best of their ability. We sit mesmerized watching these athletes compete against the best from other countries. These athletes are the elite of the elite, and they are amazing to watch. We cheer at successes and cringe at defeat right alongside these athletes.…See More
Aug 17, 2016
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Prevent Fitness Plateaus for Continued Growth

Prevent Fitness Plateaus for Continued GrowthWhy do people stop their fitness program?  There are many different reasons, but one of the most common is because they stopped seeing progress.  Nothing is more motivating that starting a new program, staying with it, and then seeing your body and performance grow.  Nothing is more disappointing than training and not seeing any changes.  …See More
Apr 6, 2016
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Take a Look in the Mirror

Take a Look in the MirrorI was recently sitting in the doctor’s office after completing my annual physical.  As a Fire Chief, this is a moment that I had worked diligently towards the last 14 months.  This painstaking process would ensure that every member of my department received an NFPA 1582 compliant annual physical as well as the full implementation of a comprehensive health and wellness program in my organization. …See More
Mar 16, 2016
The First Twenty posted a blog post

PPE for your Mind

PPE for your MindAs firefighters, we face a multitude of stressful events each and every shift. Sometimes they’re physical stressors like lifting or climbing. Sometimes they’re mental stressors like sights, sounds and smells at a traumatic scene or feelings of failure when we can’t intervene in time to save someone. Fortunately, the human body is designed to handle stress, even when we over-stress it.…See More
Feb 24, 2016
The First Twenty posted a blog post

Muscle Imbalances and Injury Potential

Muscle Imbalances and Injury PotentialAs firefighters there are so many things we need to be thinking about during an emergency scene.  Rig placement, radio communication, building construction, fire location, and smoke color, volume, and pressure are only a fraction of the things that run through our mind…See More
Feb 10, 2016
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The First Twenty is Being Put to The Test!

The First Twenty is being put to the test. The program is being studied in two federally funded research projects.  The first is funded by…See More
Jan 13, 2016
The First Twenty and Krista Sayeau are now friends
Jan 7, 2016
The First Twenty posted a blog post

You Deserve a Health and Wellness Program

You Deserve a Health and Wellness Program Who is the most valuable asset to the fire service?  You are!  You, the firefighter, are the most valuable, most critical, and most important asset to your fire department!  This is why you follow the Phoenix Model, why scene safety is the first step at any of your EMS scenes, and why you change your strategy and/or tactics when an incident begins to move in an unfavorable direction.  You do all of this to protect our own.…See More
Dec 30, 2015
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Evolution of Health and Wellness in North Carolina’s Fire Service

Evolution of Health and Wellness in North Carolina’s Fire ServiceNorth Carolina has always strived to deliver the highest quality of fire training to its emergency service family. Year after year, we remain among the top states for offering IFSAC accredited fire and rescue certification programs. The folks at the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (NCOSFM) have worked diligently to provide exemplary training to the dedicated men and women who protect and care for our communities.…See More
Dec 11, 2015
The First Twenty posted a blog post

Evolution of Health and Wellness in North Carolina’s Fire Service

Evolution of Health and Wellness in North Carolina’s Fire ServiceNorth Carolina has always strived to deliver the highest quality of fire training to its emergency service family. Year after year, we remain among the top states for offering IFSAC accredited fire and rescue certification programs. The folks at the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (NCOSFM) have worked diligently to provide exemplary training to the dedicated men and women who protect and care for our communities.…See More
Dec 9, 2015
The First Twenty posted a blog post

A “Flexible” Effort Results in Organizational Health and Fitness Success

A “Flexible” Effort Results in Organizational Health and Fitness Success In the world of firefighter functional fitness, flexibility is a primary yet often overlooked component.  Increased flexibility translates to improved performance on the fire ground and reduces the chance of injury.  There are many ways to improve flexibility; most of them have traditionally consisted of various stretching exercises, and they are effective when done properly.  One fire department however has taken a…See More
Dec 2, 2015
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How the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Changed my Life

How the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Changed My Life We all have that defining moment, the event that changed us. The moment that changed our lives, changed our paths, changed the way we view the world.  Some people have more than one.  And for some of us, we find something that continues to change and shape our lives.  For me, that discovery was the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.I grew up as an athlete, started lifting weights at 14, played multiple sports in high school and…See More
Nov 16, 2015

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Lives in:
Narberth PA
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The First Twenty
Title/rank:
Non-profit Dedicated to Firefighter Health and Wellness
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other
Topics you provide training for:
Firefighter Health and Wellness, Physical Fitness, Mental Wellness, Behavioral Health, Nutrition, Stress Reduction, Functional Fitness.
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter Health and Wellness, Physical Fitness, Mental Wellness, Behavioral Health, Nutrition, Stress Reduction, Functional Fitness.
Bio:
The First Twenty is a non-profit dedicated to the unmet fitness and wellness needs of our nation's firefighters. By Firefighters for Firefighters, in 2012 The First Twenty introduced the Nation's first ever comprehensive fitness and wellness program for firefighters.
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http://thefirsttwenty.org/

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Bring your Best in 2017 by Building the Mind

By: John Spera



"The mind is the battleground. It is here that the future is told." 

 

Goals are destined to be lost if the mindset to reach them is not built first. Our lives are a reflection of our mindset and have been built through our beliefs and perspectives of the world, to include ourselves in it. We have complete control over the mindset we choose to have on any given day—it’s up to us to create the…

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Posted on January 25, 2017 at 11:44am

Developing a Firefighter Workout

Developing a Firefighter Workout

By: Jordan Ponder

Firefighter fitness is vital to our performance and longevity.  It is the cornerstone to increasing our safety and a critical element to protecting firefighters.  It’s a fact that can’t be overstated. The tragic trend of firefighter obesity, diabetes, hypertension and stroke can be positively impacted by implementing…

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Posted on December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths: Are we Missing the Big Picture?

Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths: Are we Missing the Big Picture?

 

By: Dan Kerrigan & John Spera

 

“The Shortest Route to Fewer Firefighter Deaths is through the Heart.”

-National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

 

When an operational fire service line-of-duty (LODD) death occurs, we give it…

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Posted on November 30, 2016 at 2:26pm

Would You Want You Rescuing You?

Would You Want You Rescuing You?

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Posted on August 31, 2016 at 2:30pm

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