Firefighter Fitness Case Study: Manchester Fire Department

For this month's firefighter physical fitness case study, we chose the Manchester, NH, Fire Department. Located in Hillsborough County near the state's southern border, its 258 personnel staff 10 stations and protect a population of nearly 110,000. The...


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When I asked Goonan what he would do differently if starting this program over, he replied, "Identify potential problems with general program administration and implementation. The IAFF/IAFC Wellness Fitness Initiative was interpreted differently from the administration and union's perspective. More planning before implementing the program to recognize disagreements would have been helpful."

We thank District Chief Dan Goonan and the Manchester Fire Department for their efforts in keeping firefighters safe and fit. If you have feedback or questions or would like to share your department's fitness program (whether the same or different), please send an e-mail to richmeyer@fastbodies.com.

RICH MEYER is the author of FAST Responders: The ULTIMATE Guide to Firefighter Conditioning and The Firefighter's Wellness Handbook. He is a former firefighter, rescue technician and EMT-B with the Bloomfield, NJ, Volunteer Fire-Rescue Company and owns FASTBODIES Fitness and Performance. Meyer is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is certified as a Sports Performance Coach by United States of America Weightlifting (USAW). He can be reached at richmeyer@fastbodies.com. For a free training journal, visit his website at www.functionalfirefitness.com.