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Out of all the occupations there are in the world, there aren't many jobs with a greater variety of tasks than firefighting. That means the fitness program for firefighters has a wide range of routines and a high demand on specificity for performance.


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Cardio. Carrying a hotel pack up several flights of stairs, repetitive forced entry with an ax, pulling down ceilings and any other repetitive overhead activity, puts an extra strain on the cardiovascular system. If you're not in good cardiovascular condition, you're not much good for the task or for your partners.


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Progressive Resistance & Strength. Lifting an exhaust fan, overcoming the torque resistance on a stubborn fire hydrant, dragging a charged line, raising a ladder effectively ... these all require strength.

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Function, Balance, Flexibility. Walking on an angled roof, outreaching on a ladder, entering the ladder off of the roof, reaching in confined spaces, walking in the dark on unstable surfaces ... these all require balance, flexibility, and specific functional agility.



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Core. Lifting a heavy patient onto the stretcher, keeping good pusture and low back mechanics while pulling down ceilings, lifting and carrying heavy objects ... these tasks all require a strong and versatile core that stabilizes the low back for protection against injuries.

Grip Strength. Using manual tools, using automated tools with vibrational stress ... these are tasks that require hand, wrist and forearm strength. Forces absorbed by strong and developed forearm muscles might attenuate harmful forces from the elbow joints, wrist joints and hands.

Human Fuel. Does your ambulance run 15 calls in a 24-hour shift? Fast food is NOT the long term answer. Meal replacement drinks and bars are effective for long shifts when you don't have time to get a nice sit-down meal. Learn how carbohydrates are imortant for endurance energy and how proteins (e.g., protein bars and protein shakes) are important for stabilizing blood sugar levels, which keeps you mentally alert. Protein also helps you keep your muscle mass, when you are working and training. Fats slow absorption of other nutrients, which cuts back on your performance. Fats in the diet as a regular repeated habit are NOT good for health or performance.


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Firefighter Medical &
Fitness Requirements

See NFPA.org

Look for NFPA 1582: The Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments

and

NFPA 1583: Standard on
Health-Related
Fitness Programs
for Fire Fighters



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