All Blog Posts Tagged 'firefighter' (333)

Fit Firefighters Daily Checkoffs...

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 11:42pm — 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"…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

One of the Top 10 "Best Exercises" for Firefighters, EMTs and Medics

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…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments

Fire Station Cardio Workout Option(s)

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…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 10, 2014 at 12:44am — 3 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 9:20pm — No Comments

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT SOMEONE BROKE THE COOKIE CUTTER on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER.COM

Not sure it ever worked in the first place

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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…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

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…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on January 20, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

military reserve firefighter

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…

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Added by eric redman on January 8, 2014 at 6:17pm — 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 comes to firefighters, this…
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 5, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Greatest Risk, Taking No Risk At All on Backstep Firefighter

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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…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Firefighters we get visited by ghosts.

 

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.…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 24, 2013 at 10:31pm — 1 Comment

Don't Kill a Firefighter Just Because Your Stupid.

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.…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 16, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter - July 26, 2013

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…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on July 26, 2013 at 2:35pm — 2 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 1:54pm — 2 Comments

Firefighters Don't Work in Cubicles, but you Would Never Know it by our Start Time.

 

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?…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 25, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

High Intensity Cardio Challenges for the Firehouse

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. …

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Firefighters Only Rent Firehouses.

More and more of my firemen friends are retiring, this is the result of hiring large recruit academies in the early 80’s. I have gone to a few retirement parties to wish my friends well in retirement land and to see other retirees.…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 3, 2013 at 12:35pm — No Comments

What is it Like in the Fire House Bedroom?

 

I have been asked if Firefighters are good in bed and since I’ve only slept with one, my ex-wife, I have a very limited data base on the subject. I won’t discuss my ex-wife in this post as that is far too private for a blog. I will offer some stories about firefighters in bed that I do know all too well.…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 3, 2013 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Emotional Support for Line of Duty Death Survivors

Local newspaper headlines report the sad news of another fallen hero. The tragic death of a brave firefighter who has died in the line of duty. A dedicated professional who sacrificed his or her life that others may live or that homes and property would be saved from the ravages of fire. Most people…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on May 3, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments

If I were Chief...

 

Becoming a firefighter is quite a process and always has been. The testing has taken many forms over the years. When I tested in the early 80s it was so grueling I vomited following the physical agility test and had to sit in my car for 10-15 minutes before I could drive.…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on April 25, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

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