See how setting goals, staying motivated, and making small foundational changes can have huge results in Lieutenant Robby Owens, Sr.'s personal wellness story.
My Fitness Story
Some fitness articles and web sites offer suggestions on nutrition to workout programming and everything in between. Often times, the ones offering these…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on July 1, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments
First off, look at this method as just another tool in your extrication tool box. I have found that this method comes in handy in limited access situations. Think of the steering wheel displacements you have been shown in the past…come-a-long to the front bumper,…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on June 23, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments
Once again while searching for a journal topic, this one fell in my lap. Rob Beattie is a long time friend and firefighter (North Plainfield, N.J.) and has taken a fresh perspective on who we are and what we do. I truly enjoyed reading this one. I think you will to. Nice job Cap!
By Guest Blogger Rob Beattie, June 2015
Everyone loves the underdog,…Continue
Added by RON KANTERMAN on June 12, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments
International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the IAFC and NVFC, starts June 14 and runs through June 20, 2015. This year's theme, Creating a Culture of Safety, offers many opportunities for improvement from the community, department, and personal perspectives. Whether you take on a fitness challenge …Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on June 10, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
What are you accomplishing during your extrication walk-around?
Many times a walk-around is incorrectly used as an…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on June 8, 2015 at 8:26am — No Comments
I have had a of of requests for quick workouts that can be done with minimal equipment. Here is a re-post of one of my more popular cardio interval workouts I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the FRF Rapid Fat Loss or FRF…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 5, 2015 at 12:06am — No Comments
If you have attended my Tactical Extrication Course, you know that I…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on May 5, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
A short while back, I posted a blog called …Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on April 21, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments
Before you go Hog wild (sorry, had to say it) on bacon please read the following disclaimer. Let me state up front that saying bacon is “healthy” does not mean it’s healthy to eat it in huge quantities nor does it mean it’s healthy to eat large amounts seven days a week. Try to stick to small servings, blot extra bacon grease off to lower fat intake, and avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings. I suggest to consume only 2 or 3 slices and only once a week. Also,…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 9:45pm — No Comments
The "Quick Tip" this week is part 2 of a 3 part series. We will be covering one of the most important and often unappreciated extrication scene positions-SQD Driver. More often than not, this position will make or break the scenes efficiency. From insuring the safe travel, to anticipating the needs, this position will be working until the situation is under…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on April 6, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments
Note: This article is written from a suburban perspective for suburban firefighting.
Suppression culture. The most interesting and dynamic part of the fire service in recent years, that is becoming the most debated topic within the…Continue
Added by Ian Schulte on March 27, 2015 at 7:43pm — No Comments
Added by Dan Kerrigan on March 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
The fire service is filled with many great traditions, some good and some not. One of the fun things that happens in a lot of firehouses is the "pop-flip" for a round of sodas. Unfortunately, sodas are a huge reason we are staying unhealthy- they have a ton of chemicals and sugars that pack on extra bodyfat. Don't believe me? Keep reading.
Drink Diet Soda?…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 19, 2015 at 8:54pm — No Comments
For someone like me, it’s hard to fathom that anyone in the fire service could produce an argument against improving the health and fitness of firefighters. The statistics alone tell anyone that will listen it is the most significant barrier to reducing LODDs. Nevertheless, I understand that the issue,…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on March 10, 2015 at 11:58am — No Comments
This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world.
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 8, 2015 at 9:04pm — No Comments
Being in the fire service, it is inevitable that you will be subjected to grief, loss, and a world of other assorted emotions. It is also likely that in addition to the suffering you will see in the field, you will also experience the same range of emotions from your co-workers.
In the firehouse I work out of, we operate with a small roster of 26 officers and firefighters that share the workload of three (3) separate shifts. Regardless of your time in service or the shift you work, it…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments
My friends at Tailboard Training published a new blog post recently. It’s called Ultrahazardous. Everyone in the fire service should read this short piece…everyone from the department chief to the newest rookie, to every person even considering the pursuit…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Added by Isaac Frazier on February 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
The quality and purpose of your fitness regimen are much more important than quantity.
As firefighters, we can all agree that attaining and maintaining physical and mental fitness is a requirement of our job. If you know me, you know that I push this philosophy, and so should you. But any fitness professional will tell you, training just to train instead of training for purpose will not produce the results you might expect. A couple conversations I've had recently with some…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 11, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
How do you run your 2 1/2" lines?
What types of nozzles?
Pre-connect or static?
What is your preference and why?
This is a valuable weapon when deployed correctly. However, some are of the opinion that it's just to big and heavy to use for an initial attack or with just one person. What are your experiences with handling the big line?…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 8:35pm — No Comments