Articles

Physical Strength, Mental Toughness and Moral Focus: Your Personal 360

By Chief Marc Bashoor There are common threads to operational and mortal issues affecting the fire service and firefighter growth and development. Similar to the operational 360 that we should all be using to size-up fire scenes, let’s take a look at our own personal 360. I’m not talking about walking around your fire truck […]

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Making Fitness a Part of the Fight

By Robert Blaufarb, Mamaroneck Fire Department Director of Health and Wellness Mission Statement: The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department is committed to the achievement of the highest quality of health and wellness for our men and women and their families. Philosophy: To achieve optimal health and fitness throughout the firefighter’s career and facilitate maximum health […]

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Why Firefighters Need to Practice Self-Care Before Caring for Others

By Lieutenant Brad Bouchillon, Statesboro (GA) Fire Department Can you name one machine that doesn’t require maintenance? I can’t. There might be one (I’m a firefighter, not a machinist), but for the most part, all the equipment we operate requires regular maintenance. Fire apparatus requires constant upkeep ranging from oil changes and tire rotation to […]

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Are You a Tactical Athlete?

You may have heard the term “tactical athlete” a lot recently. The term itself is not confined to the fire service and firefighters but other high-risk professions such as the military. The United States Marine Corp (U.S.M.C.) defines a “tactical athlete” as an individual who trains for combat readiness using a comprehensive athletic approach. Tactical […]

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Firefighter Health and Fitness: A Comprehensive Approach

Dedicating yourself to a lifestyle of health and fitness is more than just “working out.” As a firefighter, you owe it to your co-workers, community, and family to make sure you are fit for duty. In addition to physical training, proper attention to rest and recovery, hydration, and nutrition plays a huge role in maximizing […]

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes That Keep Firefighters from Losing Weight

By Dr. Karlie Moore, Fit for Duty Consulting Losing weight can be really hard, especially for firefighters. With all the misinformation and nutrition myths out there, it’s no wonder people are confused. Here are three big mistakes I’ve observed throughout my work helping thousands of firefighters to lose weight. Mistake No. 1: Dieting Yep. If […]

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It’s Not About the Donuts, Part 2: Rewriting Your ‘Solutions’ for the New Year

By Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, LAH, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee A new year is upon us and with all of its promises for a new beginning comes a time of reflection for many of us, and a desire to start anew in 2018. Every year, millions of people ring in the new year as […]

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It’s Not About the Donuts: Why You Don’t Have to Give Up What You Love on Your Journey to Health

Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Back in August, I was honored to be a part of the FASNY Convention as a member of the Health and Wellness Committee. I always look forward to these events as an opportunity to catch up with members and this year was no exception. This year […]

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‘All Hands’ Needed to Combat Cancer in Volunteer Firefighters: The FASNY-Northwell Health Firefighter Cancer Study

Dr. Jacqueline Moline, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Chair FASNY’s stake in the fight against cancer in the volunteer fire service goes deep and is well known to the membership and everyone familiar with our organization. FASNY’s plan of attack is, by design, wide-ranging, aggressive, collaborative and, therefore, effective: Working year after year with legislators […]

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Beating Firefighter Cancer May Be a One-Day Contract

By Brian F. McQueen, Past FASNY Director As my wife, Sarah, and I walked through a bookstore one day, I came upon a book by Coach Rick Pitino. It was the cover that struck me as it read: A One-Day Contract. Having coached high school football and basketball for 12 years, I was in awe […]

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