Not sure it ever worked in the first place
We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service. Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater. We are finally looking at fires, how they…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 9, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Are you bored with your current exercise routine or looking to try something new? Are you working out at the station or at home and want to focus on the most beneficial piece of equipment money can buy? Then check this out: The kettlebell will change your workout dynamic completely.
The kettlebell can date its history back in one form or another to the 1700’s and began to be heavily relied upon in Soviet Training programs in the early 1900’s. The…Continue
Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on January 23, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments
We know we don't spend every waking hour at the firehouse running calls or training or working out. There typically is some down time during your shift or rotation.
As a prospective officer candidate and informal leader, what you do with your down time can make a huge difference in how you are perceived and what separates you from others interested in promoting up.
I have seen firefighters spend hours on end looking on the internet for cars, car parts, campers, motorcycles and…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 23, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments
Physical fitness and personal wellness are not two things that I have always been passionate about. Honestly, at the beginning of my career, I wasn’t fit for the job I was expected to perform. While it’s hard for me to admit this, it is a fact. At the same time, it is something that I have battled with throughout the last few years and continue to do so today. There is no doubt that…Continue
Added by Andrew Catron on January 21, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments
Fad diets and “miraculous” pills continue to be a huge market because people still want weight loss to be quick and a small amount of effort. Luckily, the market is getting smaller and people are becoming more aware on the issue thanks to the spread of information, but it has still not been a strong enough force to make the diet pill obsolete. Desiring to lose weight or make a lifestyle change is a fantastic thing, and can have a drastic impact on your life and your career as a firefighter.…Continue
Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on January 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 4, 2014 at 10:59pm — No Comments
We all know that everyone deals with grief differently. In the fire service, we all deal with more than our share of tragic events. Many cope by detaching from the ‘reality’ of the event. We treat the event as a daily occurrence on the job, equating it to someone with an ‘office job’ completing…Continue
Added by Becki White on January 2, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments
There is a debate that rages, on a daily basis; aggressive versus safe – interior versus exterior – searching versus waiting. Depending on where you work and what your experience is, you no doubt have an opinion about these topics. Some hold a very strong opinion, that the safety sallies (you know, those that advocate safety above everything) are ruining the fire service and that there is no room for their thinking. There are others that…Continue
Added by John Mitchell on September 17, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments
Added by John Mitchell on September 12, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments
Fire Rescue Athletes (firefighters, EMTs and paramedics) must be physically ready to act. The job entails lifting heavy objects (or people), climbing up stairs, dragging hoseline, hoisting ladders, along with other physically taxing movements. It is evident that in order to effectively do our jobs we must have a strong, balanced body. Workouts and especially exercises must then match the demands of the job and prepare the body for such stress.…
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 26, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments
Time is always been and will always be the number one reason we miss workouts. As Fire Rescue Athletes, we work unusual hours and our workouts are often interrupted by calls. Lately I've been creating and testing some highly efficient cardio interval workouts on my bootcamp classes and crew. Today's blog will give you two of the more effective ones and teach you some ways to integrate them into your busy schedules and workouts. …
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2013 at 11:01am — No Comments
Note: I wasn’t going to post a blog until after FDIC, but then I watched BC Michael Walker’s address on livestream and it really struck a chord. He spoke to the very essence of what it is to call yourself “fireman”, the strong bond between firefighters and what our communities expect when they call us.…Continue
Are you at your strongest when others may be at their weakest?
Do you study your enemy to find its weaknesses?
Do you practice your fighting skills until you can’t…Continue
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 19, 2013 at 9:59pm — No Comments
What do you need for survival? I’m not talking about your phone, technology or a certain person; I mean what does your body need to survive? If you said food you would be correct… the single most important thing you need to focus on at that point is what to eat.…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 28, 2013 at 6:33pm — No Comments
Video bites, Facebook morsels continually shape our education
As we look at the evolution of training in the fire service, we must realize that we are at a time like never before experienced. Today…Continue
Balance, coordination, power, strength, cardiovascular recovery....all essential fitness traits of the "fit for duty" Fire Rescue Athlete. If you are a Fire Rescue Athlete (or not) you need to plan your workouts to address each of these traits. One of the most overlooked is balance and coordination. As a trainer I get asked how and when is the best time to train for balance? As a firefighter I get asked why do I need to train for balance? The last thing you want to happen…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 17, 2013 at 1:38pm — No Comments
Protecting people’s lives will involve risk for us as firefighters
“A female occupant, in her 40’s, was unable to escape due to the intense heat and thick smoke and was quickly located by firefighters. She was removed out of the bedroom window and treated by paramedics on the scene.”…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 31, 2013 at 11:11pm — No Comments