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Stop Poisoning Yourself!

By Richard Russotti, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Starting and maintaining a fitness program is a lot like being a firefighter … both can be difficult. While firefighters rely on their solid knowledge of building construction, hydraulics and fire behavior, the world of fitness and dieting is full of conflicting information that can derail even […]

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Hypertension: A Serious Health Concern for America, A Deadly Health Concern for Firefighters

By Robert Blaufarb, Director of Health and Wellness – Mamaroneck Fire Department Hypertension (high blood pressure) afflicts over 1 billion people over 25 years old worldwide. This represents 40 percent of the world in this age group. This serious health concern is responsible for over 9 million deaths worldwide. Blood pressure is measured by an instrument […]

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Hold the Line

By Alex Ruckh, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Social media in today’s age is a double-edged sword. Organizations live and die by them. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube … all available at your fingertips to use 24/7/365. Depending on your age, these apps are second nature to operate or like brain surgery to figure out. They […]

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Serving Strong Means Focusing on Health

Firefighters juggle a lot of responsibilities, but one area they often lose focus on is their health. Unfortunately, this can lead to tragic consequences. How many reports have you seen of a firefighter having a heart attack while on-duty or a firefighter diagnosed with cancer? Odds are you probably know someone that has been impacted […]

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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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