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    Are you sometimes at the Fire House looking to workout but can't find the right equipment to use ? ShiftWod.com is a site we developed designed by firefighters for firefighters. Visit our site and let us know of any workout ideas.


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    Instead of a Kettlebell use a 2 1/2 inch hose coupled in a donut roll. Visit our video library for further details.

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    I agree here is a good article related to this topic that was in FireHouse last February:
    http://shiftwod.com/main/article/

    Developing a Functional Fitness Plan For Firefighters
    by Fausto “Tino” Villarroel

    Fitness is crucial for the safety of the firefighters and for the people dependent on them in a time of crisis.



    It’s 3 a.m. and your shift is almost over. Today has been a busy day and the crew at the station has given you the nickname “Black Cloud” for good reason. Thirteen calls, including three past midnight. You have finally fallen into a deep sleep until you are rudely awoken by the screeching sound of “Engine 9, Engine 5, Engine 4, Ladder 3, Rescue 5, Battalion 9 respond to a residential structure fire!” Your brain instinctively registers the nature of the event, but the only words you make out are “structure fire.”

    The clock is ticking by the second, but your heart rate is increasing twice as fast. You slide down the pole and hurl yourself into the truck. You’re on the rescue today, now enroute to your fourteenth call, with every breath coming quicker than the last one. Your body has now fully transformed itself into battle mode – ever-surging adrenaline mixed with a combination of excitement and fear. Just another day at the office.

    You are first to arrive at the scene and immediately review your checklist for search and rescue. You finally reach the structure, but it takes four minutes of axe swinging and halligan work by your partner before you make your way inside. Minutes into the search, the combination of black smoke and condensation over the lens of your mask begins to rid all visibility. Not to mention the workloads are becoming increasingly challenging. Halfway through the structure, your partner’s mask begins vibrating, but your air is still over 1,000 psi. While fighting the urge to evacuate because you are physically capable to check another three rooms, you finally succumb to standard operating procedures (SOP) and return outside.

    While rehab is checking you and your partner’s vitals, you breathe a sigh of relief as you find out no victims were inside. All of your vital signs are normal, but your partner’s are all elevated. Bewildered, he looks at you and begrudgingly asks “You are five years older than me, and I’ve been doing this 10 years longer than you, how in the heck do you do it?”

    Being in peak physical condition is imperative to perform effectively as a firefighter. It is crucial for their safety and for the people dependent on them in a time of crisis. Realizing the importance for fitness, a group of firefighters created Black Cloud Nation. Their mission is to strengthen the firefighter community both physically and mentally by giving them the tools they need to be successful and above all safe on the job. When we design a training program for firefighters, it is split it up into two parts in order to create positive results: safety and intensity.

    Created: February 5, 2012

    FIREHOUSE MAGAZINE

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