Michael DeStefano
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Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"we do have standards we have to follow and comply with and if a person is unable due to health they are assigned to fire police and training duties. But this is our department! that cant be said for all departments around the country or around the…"
Aug 25
Michael DeStefano commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"Ted, I'm having a hard time keeping up with your comments. Much like how states had to set a minimum standards for the qualifications of firefighter so that every department that shows up on a call knows the skill level of those they are…"
Aug 23
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"the problem lies with the standards themselves! I ran into the same issue with the reserve center They were issued set standards to comply with but they had jug-heads for officers who decided that middle aged people should be forced to match the…"
Aug 23
Michael DeStefano commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"Ted, you are comparing apples to oranges here. Heat stress and hydration is yet another aspect of human performance, however if the firefighter does not meet the physical fitness standard in a controlled environment than there is no way that they…"
Aug 22
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"a better idea is having suitably trained safety officers and an efficient program in place to prevent heat stresses, frequent communication, and extra vigilant hydration procedures, (I carry a cooler of bottled water in my pov and if someone looks…"
Aug 22
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"setting standards is fine to a certain extent but a lot depends on the size of your department and the ages of the members. many of our older members are often moved to the positions such as fire police-traffic control and training supervisors…"
Aug 22
Michael DeStefano's blog post was featured

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs             Cardiac events are a leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. The NFPA reports that in 2016 the leading cause of fire scene deaths for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest at 38% of the total of firefighter fatalities (Firefighter Deaths, n.d.). While the cardiac impact that firefighting has on the heart does include aspects that we cannot change such as the impact of heat on the human body, there are…See More
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Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs             Cardiac events are a leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. The NFPA reports that in 2016 the leading cause of fire scene deaths for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest at 38% of the total of firefighter fatalities (Firefighter Deaths, n.d.). While the cardiac impact that firefighting has on the heart does include aspects that we cannot change such as the impact of heat on the human body, there are…See More
Jul 14
Michael DeStefano's blog post was featured

No Room For Pessimism

I just completed reading the book Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything by: Darrin Donnelly. The book is a motivational book that provides a million and one ways that positive thinking can better not only your life, but those around you as well. It uses the story of a major league baseball player that is bumped back down to the minors and his struggle to make it back to the big leagues. The book had two very memorable quotes that I needed to share. "Be…See More
Jan 25
Michael DeStefano posted a blog post

No Room For Pessimism

I just completed reading the book Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything by: Darrin Donnelly. The book is a motivational book that provides a million and one ways that positive thinking can better not only your life, but those around you as well. It uses the story of a major league baseball player that is bumped back down to the minors and his struggle to make it back to the big leagues. The book had two very memorable quotes that I needed to share. "Be…See More
Jan 25
Fireyladd - Chief Sharp left a comment for Michael DeStefano
"Welcome to Firefighter Nation Michael. Its awesome you joined the group. There is lots to do, read and be involved with here. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Chief William Sharp- Retired Brookings Fire / Rescue Living in…"
Jan 19
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Jan 19
Michael DeStefano's blog post was featured

You Are A Hero, Act Like One

You Are A Hero, Act Like One Christmas season has come and gone and the New Year has begun; A new year full of hopes, dreams, and beliefs for a better life. During the Christmas season I, like many others, had the distinct pleasure of walking the aisles at many different stores in search of the perfect gifts for nieces, my children, even the family dog. I found something very interesting in my journey for toys to brighten the faces of those I love. To my surprise I found that every single store…See More
Jan 16
Michael DeStefano posted a blog post

You Are A Hero, Act Like One

You Are A Hero, Act Like One Christmas season has come and gone and the New Year has begun; A new year full of hopes, dreams, and beliefs for a better life. During the Christmas season I, like many others, had the distinct pleasure of walking the aisles at many different stores in search of the perfect gifts for nieces, my children, even the family dog. I found something very interesting in my journey for toys to brighten the faces of those I love. To my surprise I found that every single store…See More
Jan 16
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What State do you live in?
FL
Type of Organization
Paid Fire Department
Job Function
Company Officer (Captain/Lt/Supervisor)
Years in Fire/EMS:
14
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Brevard County Fire Rescue
Years With Department/Agency
12

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Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 9:47pm 6 Comments

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

 

            Cardiac events are a leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. The NFPA reports that in 2016 the leading cause of fire scene deaths for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest at 38% of the total of firefighter fatalities (Firefighter Deaths, n.d.). While the cardiac impact that firefighting has on the heart does include aspects that we cannot…

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No Room For Pessimism

Posted on January 25, 2018 at 4:33pm 0 Comments

I just completed reading the book Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything by: Darrin Donnelly. The book is a motivational book that provides a million and one ways that positive thinking can better not only your life, but those around you as well. It uses the story of a major league baseball player that is bumped back down to the minors and his struggle to make it back to the big leagues. The book had two very memorable quotes…

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You Are A Hero, Act Like One

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 3:59pm 0 Comments

You Are A Hero, Act Like One

 

Christmas season has come and gone and the New Year has begun; A new year full of hopes, dreams, and beliefs for a better life. During the Christmas season I, like many others, had the distinct pleasure of walking the aisles at many different stores in search of the perfect gifts for nieces, my children, even the family dog. I found something very interesting in my journey for toys to brighten the faces of those I love. To…

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At 6:22pm on January 19, 2018, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…

Welcome to Firefighter Nation Michael. Its awesome you joined the group. There is lots to do, read and be involved with here. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.
Chief William Sharp- Retired
Brookings Fire / Rescue
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