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    Default Why is the stereotypical FF...out of shape?

    It seems like most FF's are out of shape or overweight. Is this true...and if so...why?

    I know that half of the guys at my local department are overweight and smokers as well.

    Just seems weird to me on a job that is so physical.

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    Most Americans are over weight.

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    I don't know that I would say MOST. There are a lot that are, yes. There are also a lot who work out everyday, eat right and work to be healthy. I would say MOST are in between those two categories.

    I'm starting to see a change in the works here. MOST of our guys didn't work out. Several (myself included) smoked like chimneys. And we ate whatever sounded good at the time. Now I'm starting to see a lot more guys in the weight room. There are only a couple smokers left on the entire department. People are eating a lot better. I hope its a trend that sticks. Our Union is working hard to get a wellness and fitness initiative put into the contract.

    It really boils down to individuals. I hate to look at this way, but its true: if a guy really cares about the job, and HONESTLY wants to be the best firefighter possible, they will get in shape. And the rest will either catch up or fall behind.
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    OK, maybe your right Dj, "most" is not the proper word. How about "a large percentage". Thant's what the national studies indicate. XstalkrX, you can replace firefighter other professions like...I don't know....how about police officer. The dough-nut jokes do have some validity. Unfortunately a lot of us are just plain lazy and it takes a motivated person to turn things around. Try getting your Company Officer involved in some type of PT during the shift or even a station run prior to or just after shift change. Start cooking health food and get rid of B.S snacks in the pantry. Once you get everyone involved they will start to feel better and when you go to a fire your crew will stand out amid the other guys. Also, try to remember that your not going to change everyones mind. There will always be a lazy POS who won't snap out of it. Take the new training slow so that know one gets hurt and don't over do it because you never know when the tones will go off. You wouldn't want to be too weak to do your job. Stay safe and healthy!

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    He's not even "on the job" yet... research his posts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    He's not even "on the job" yet... research his posts!
    lol. ya i know.

    but I went to the open house at our local department, and I've seen my fair share of other departments.

    also, the stereotypical mustache........I sure hope I don't see too many of those out there. hideous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstalkrx View Post
    but I went to the open house at our local department, and I've seen my fair share of other departments.
    So with all this in-depth research you're prepared to move from questioning your own health...

    Quote Originally Posted by xstalkrx View Post
    I am at home now, about 20-30 minutes after I have stopped running...and my heart rate is at 108. Is this normal?.... I am a bit concerned
    ... to indicting the entire fire service in just over a week?

    That's pretty funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstalkrx View Post
    lol. ya i know.

    but I went to the open house at our local department, and I've seen my fair share of other departments.

    also, the stereotypical mustache........I sure hope I don't see too many of those out there. hideous.
    I don't know Chief, I think mustaches are on there way out. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geinandputitout View Post
    I don't know Chief, I think mustaches are on there way out. What do you think?

    This handsome son of a gun says no...


    I found a pic of xstalkrx...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstalkrx View Post
    lol. ya i know.

    also, the stereotypical mustache........I sure hope I don't see too many of those out there. hideous.
    Well my young kiddo:
    I've had my stash since long before your mommy & daddy started playing hide the sausage, So I don't think it's going away anytime soon.

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    Hey now there young feller. I happen to have a nice big fu manchu, or what I otherwise refer to as my "winter bush ". I see nothing wrong with it. So what if some firefighters, who you saw down at the local open house had mustaches? Mine does not interfere with the seal on my mask, most places are fit tested for this reason, and as long as you pass a fit test, you are golden. So be careful whose toes you step on, young buck............ Plus at about 10 degrees tonight, it's keeping my upper lip warm.
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    Round is a shape.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstalkrx View Post
    It seems like most FF's are out of shape or overweight. Is this true...and if so...why?

    I know that half of the guys at my local department are overweight and smokers as well.

    Just seems weird to me on a job that is so physical.

    There are a lot of fire fighters that are "overweight" by definition however; there are quite a few that are in better physical condition than citizens their age also.

    So, what are you going to do about the physical fitness/health issue at your department? My department(not that it's better than anyone elses) has a wellness program with the YMCA and the department saves big bucks on workers comp. You may want to investigate something like this for your organization.

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