Firefighters have physically and mentally demanding jobs which means we (as fire rescue athletes) have demanding nutritional needs to match. Unfortunately, research confirms that most are deficient in some essential nutrients. The most common deficiencies are in protein, water (hydration), healthy fatty acids, and the essential vitamins. Research…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on December 15, 2014 at 12:46pm — No Comments
Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 15, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments
We joined the emergency services to help people. We get antsy when we go shifts without feeling like we’ve made an impact. We use language that doesn’t seem right to ‘normal’ people, like “good fire” in reference to that hard work we put in or…Continue
Added by Becki White on September 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
FIREFIGHTERS! SteakUmm has picked the top three finalists in their National Firehouse Challenge. Go to www.steakumm.com and cast your vote on facebook for the "Fan" favorite. Each vote gets $$ donated to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and the winner gets $5000 to their firehouse cause. http://www.steakumm.com and cast your vote.
Added by Joseph T Bonanno on September 11, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments
Working out on-shift is a major concern, you want to make sure you keep your body in good "fit for duty" condition but also want to make sure you have enough "left in the tank" to respond and perform in an actual response. Over the last couple of years I have…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 4, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 11:42pm — No Comments
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"…
Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I am compiling a list of the top 10 exercises for Fire Rescue Athletes. Here is one that made the list.
Plank (s)—It's no surprise…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2014 at 11:59am — 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 a…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 9:20pm — No Comments
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 burn, how conditions change. We are looking a fuel packages, flow paths. We are discussing heat release rates and polar…Continue
Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death…Continue
Added by Peggy Sweeney on January 20, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments
hello i have a question for anyone who can help. I am an emt b just stating to look for my first firefighter position while going to classes and working i have been considering joining the air force reserve for 4 years. i have completed meps but have not signed anything. i have been assured by the recruiter that they can work around the fire department schedule and have done so with others. My question is will joining the reserve hinder gaining a firefighter position or does the "flexible…Continue
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 5, 2014 at 12:00am — 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 Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments
It was a dark and stormy night, really it was. The heavens had opened up in Colorado once again; the streets were running with hot stinky water, funky water that smelled of petroleum and death. I was on duty at firehouse number four when the alarm hit. Rollover T/A at Lake Avenue and highway 115 with people trapped.…Continue
I have had a bad case of writers block and just haven’t been able to settle on a topic for a new post and the then rains came. Man did it rain here in Colorado for the last couple of days; it has rained on a biblical level. One area south of Colorado Springs received 9 inches of rain in four hours.…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 16, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments
Hello everyone! I am mortified that I haven't updated my blog in probably a year. I hope all my friends on FFN are well.
I am doing well. I am still a volunteer FF although at my age I am delegated to the Accountability board most of the time and truly happy with that! I even designed my own and last drill got to use one our department received for large structure fire/incidents. I also manage our Facebook page and email campaigns so although I'm not out there so to speak I'm…Continue
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.…
I have a question. Why is it that most firefighter shifts start around 7:00 am? Why are firefighters forced to deal with rush hour traffic and add to the rush hour mess? After all we work a 24 hour shift, why couldn’t we begin our day at say 10:00am or 11:00am?…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 25, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments