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
Happy 2013! This is the time of the year where we all scramble to make up for lost workouts and pledge to get in shape. Personally, I think the best way to get into shape is to not fall out of it in the first place. One of the best things to do this time of the year is not only set goals but to assess where you are currently. Today I've created some "challenge" workouts that you can use to assess your fitness progress and to get a good efficient workout. There are…Continue
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Do you workout on shift? Should you workout on shift and what is the best workout to perform?
This is a major…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 23, 2012 at 9:56pm — No Comments
I've had a lot of requests for workout options that can be performed at the station with minimal equipment. Here is an option 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 28-day Quickstart Program) and/or as a good workout to get the blood flowing. Give it…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 25, 2012 at 7:40pm — No Comments
What makes a good exercise for firefighters? Any? All? Well, if you want to get technical then "yes and yes." Today I want to give a quick upgrade for the row movement, firefighters, emts, and paramedics are asked to lift heavy things in akward and unbalanced situations. Keeping this in mind, I often ask firefighters how and if the exercises that they perform on a regular basis challenge their balance, strength and core. The DB Row is a great exercise and with a few manipulations can…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 21, 2012 at 8:41pm — No Comments
This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence. This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions. This week we've got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops. Compare this FD's ops to your FD and give us your RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!…Continue
Added by Matt McDowell on April 13, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments
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THE SCENARIO: HEAVY FIRE from the attic w/ extension to TWO other houses! If this one doesn't test the strength and discipline of your crews and alarm assignments, congratulations! Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!
Added by Matt McDowell on March 2, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments
What would your FD do for this attached garage fire? What would you do to address the extension issues? Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!
Added by Matt McDowell on February 24, 2012 at 7:43am — No Comments
Check out this video. Heavy fire from the top floor. Pre-arrival and post arrival footage. What would you do? What do you of their tactics? Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations. Surf's up!
Thanks and Be Safe!
Added by Matt McDowell on February 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
What would do you do for this heavily involved attached garage fire? Does the split-level layout change your strategies/tactics? Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations. Have fun!
Added by Matt McDowell on February 3, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
This week we've got a rippin' 2-story single family dwelling. Share your strategies, tactics and experience!
Added by Matt McDowell on January 27, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Watch the video of this heavily involved 2-story balloon frame house. Note the wind and the exposures. Give us your RECEO breakdown, initial actions and initial rig placement. Have fun!
Added by Matt McDowell on January 6, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments
Get a front row seat next to the Battalion Chief for this working Multiple Dwelling fire in Brooklyn. Listen to the BC give great radio reports, great size-up information and even take time to talk to the neighbors. Nice video with links to the popular conversation on Facebook.
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Added by Matt McDowell on January 4, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Share your strategies, tactics and experience! Every Friday we'll post a picture or video and want to get your take on the situation.
THE SCENARIO: You're wearing all the hats today! You're dispatched to a reported "structure" fire. It's the middle of the week during Christmas vacation and the neighbors don't know if the kids are there or not.
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