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Firefighter Workout- Intense Interval Overhaul to burn fat...

One of the best ways to incorporate fireground movements into your workouts is to perform what I call "10-minute interval overhauls."  These are 10 minutes of intervals that can vary in work and rest times that are performed after your strength training sessions.  You can read more about these "interval overhauls" by clicking here or see how to integrate them into an actual…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 25, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #12 (Fast Shears)

This weeks quick tip refers to what I call "Fast Shears". While working on extrication scenes we all know there is a long list of objects that will need to be cut (seatbelts, various plastic, wiring, wiring boots, weather stripping, patients clothing, etc). Many times they are small and "annoying" objects that don't warrant the psi and time taken using hydraulic cutters. Everyone claims to carry trauma shears or a cutting device, however more often…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 21, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

3 Ways to Be "Fit for Duty"

Be Physically Ready for Duty- Your Daily Fitness Checkoffs.

At the beginning of each and every shift firefighters, EMTs and medic meticulously go through and check their gear (or at least they should be) to make sure that it is ready for the challenges of the day. Our equipment must be functioning properly and our rigs must be fueled and ready to go. The question that I also want you to think about is whether or not your…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Efficiency Breeds Speed

While speed during extrication is often critical, it comes at a high price without efficiency.  We must first learn the tools, develop skills, learn the how’s and why’s, practice teamwork, train, become efficient, with the result being speed of the operation.  Speed is the rate of one’s activity, in this case extrication skills.  Whether at a fire, during an extrication, or on special operations, it takes efficiency and training to foster speed. In referencing the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #11 (Directional Pull)

I am a firm believer in the phrase "Never say never, never say always". Just remember each technique you are currently using was more than likely created from firemen trying something new. Extrication Quick Tip #11 is showing a directional pull of a steering wheel using hydraulic speaders, chain, and an A post. This technique is quick and easy to set up with limited…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 9, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Ultimate Firefighter Tribute Workout



Today I want to give you a taste of the type of workouts that you will find in the Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and it comes with great timing and a lot of significance... The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides resources and funding (via grants and donations) towards remembering our fallen and protecting our current firefighters.  This "tribute" workout is…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Instructor/Training Search...

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 30, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #10 (Wreckers)

This weeks tip covers the usage of heavy wreckers on the emergency scene. When teaching I make it a point to ask departments if they work closely/train with their local towing/recovery companies. Nationally the answer is often no. On incidents/extrication involving big rigs, this is one of the most under utilized pieces of equipment at our disposal. They can quickly stabilize or assist a lift to expedite the extrication process. But you must make it a point to train with the company often as…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 30, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #9 (X Method)

When it comes to extrications involving "big rigs" our methods must change due to vehicle size, load, and weight. This leads into the X Method for stabilizing tractor trailers (rolling). Obviously if lifting is involved then struts, more cribbing, etc. will be used. I will often see crews attempting to control horizontal movement (rolling) by small wedges or chalks. After training one of the ways we found to increase stabilization on the horizontal plane is with (2)…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 23, 2014 at 8:20am — No Comments

Freedom is never FREE

As I prepare to travel to Ocean City to teach vehicle extrication, I am already thinking of how much I will miss my wife and two children. With traveling to teach this feeling arrives like clockwork. Then I had an epiphany. My thoughts instantly went to our troops and their families. I am leaving for a couple days…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 13, 2014 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

Extrication Quick Tip #8 (CAPTURING SUSPENSION)

One of the most beneficial and under-used techniques is suspension capture.  Capturing suspension is the method of taking away suspension rebound when a load is to be lifted off a vehicle. This technique is extremely beneficial in numerous situations such as under-rides, tree on vehicle, etc. If the suspension is not captured, the vehicle will "chase" the load during the lift until normal suspension height is reached. When the suspension is captured an almost instant separation of load and…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 9, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Extrication Quick Tip #7 (Dash Strapping/tie-downs)

Many times while performing dash displacement/lifts firefighters encounter resistance. Often this stems from tie downs "strapping" that are located under the dashboard in the area of the center console below the radio housing. Typically there is one on each side (hidden behind plastic) and if possible need to be cut to get full range out of your dash lift.…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 2, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

Extrication Quick Tip #5 (TOOL STAGING)

Do you currently stage your equipment/tools on extrications? If not, it is a great method to reduce extrication times. Far too often, we see rescuers going back to the apparatus to get additional equipment throughout the call. My driver is the tool runner. After we start operations, he will continue to bring the tools, light the scene, and fill in where needed. Stage the tools you may need for the rescue at hand, it will greatly increase your overall scene time.…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on May 19, 2014 at 8:54am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" 4 (PEDAL PULL)

On many entrapments, pedal-foot entanglements can be a common problem. This method is an easy alternative to cutting. Prior to removing the front door, loop the pedal to be displaced with webbing. Then wrap the excess webbing on the door frame (with the door almost shut). Hold the webbing wrap and open the door to displace the pedal towards you. This method can be also used on the passenger side door for displacement in that direction.…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on May 12, 2014 at 7:20am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" 3 (PIE CUT)

Not all responders are blessed with the newest equipment. If a high strength post is too much for your cutter, attempt a pie cut as shown. Many times this will allow you to "cut around" the stronger portions of the post. …

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Added by Isaac Frazier on May 5, 2014 at 7:42am — 1 Comment

On-Duty Firefighter (Fire Rescue) Workout...

I get a lot of requests to come up with workouts that can be performed on duty with equipment found at the firehouse. The other day, my crew and I performed this intensive 30 minute interval workout.  This workout will get your heart racing, challenge your core and work your muscles.

The workout consists of three, 10 minute intervals each with a different focus.  The first 10 minutes focuses on anaerobic recovery, the second ten minutes on full body strength and the last ten…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

On-Duty Firefighter (Fire Rescue) Workout...

I get a lot of requests to come up with workouts that can be performed on duty with equipment found at the firehouse. The other day, my crew and I performed this intensive 30 minute interval workout.  This workout will get your heart racing, challenge your core and work your muscles.

The workout consists of three, 10 minute intervals each with a different focus.  The first 10 minutes focuses on anaerobic recovery, the second ten minutes on full body strength and the last ten…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

10 Simple Rules For Fat Loss (2014 Edition)

Would you agree that a leaner athlete is a better athlete?  I know this is a "loaded" question.  A lot of the answer has to deal with the sport in which the athlete is participating.  One thing that research shows is that a leaner athlete is a "more efficient" athlete.  When it…
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 4, 2014 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Brooklyn Working: Video of Rescue in Bedford-Stuyvesant

 

Uniformed corrections officer douses brownstone interior with gasoline

A corrections officer is charged with second-degree arson in a Brooklyn two-alarm fire that injured 12 people, five critically. Engine 233 transmitted the 10-75 for Box 861 at 375 Chauncey Street. Battalion 37 gave the All-Hands and ’doubtful will hold’ with a report of fire on two floors and…

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Added by Bill Carey on August 30, 2013 at 7:08am — No Comments

The 5 Worst Exercises for the Fire Rescue Athlete

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.…



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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 26, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments

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