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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. For a free training journal, visit his website at www.functionalfirefitness.com.