The Firefighter's Fitness
by Al Wasser,
Andrea A. Walter
total health evaluation and fitness program designed specifically
Promote good health and safe practices in your
fire department with the simple fitness program outlined in THE
FIREFIGHTER'S FITNESS HANDBOOK. Beneficial to the both the
individual firefighter, as well as the entire department, this book
provides a total health evaluation and fitness program
designed specifically for firefighters.
This book focuses on the special needs of the
firefighter and is Built around the joint labor management
Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) and compatible with
both the NFPA standard 1583, and the 16 Firefighter Life Safety
The book begins by covering the stress levels
and physical risks inherent to the job itself, then identifies the
principles of successful fitness program design to
help firefighters evaluate their own health and fitness
levels and program goals.
Proper nutrition, the importance of mental
training, and a look at common firefighter injuries illustrates the
critical role that physical fitness plays in the success and
well-being of our nations firefighters
- Develop a wellness culture
within your department to promote health and safety
among firefighters and minimize injury and death on
- Determine health status and
starting points for exercises with health evaluation
and biometric screening guides.
- Find information on selection
and purchase of fitness equipment for the specific
needs of your fire department.
- Record and track progress
with health and fitness tracking charts.
1. Health and Fitness of Firefighters.
2. The Four Success Principles.
3. Learning the Skills.
4. Planning Your Workouts.
5. Developing A Wellness Culture.
Appendix 1: Weight Training Exercises.
Appendix 2: Screening and Performance
160 Pages -
8-1/2 x 11 in.
About the Authors:
Al Wasser received his M.S. degree from
Colorado State University. He is certified as a Strength an
Conditioning Specialist and as an American Council on Exercise Gold
Certified Personal Trainer.
A member of the National Strength &
Conditioning Association, Al Wasser is also a Fitness Coordinator
for Red Rocks Community College.
Andrea Walter is a
firefighter/technician with the Metropolitan Washington Airports
Authority and a life member and former officer of the Sterling
Volunteer Rescue Squad.
She has been active in the fire and emergency
services community for over twenty years and has served as the
Manager of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for
the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and assisted in a
variety of projects with the National Volunteer Fire Council, Women
in the Fire Service, and the United States Fire Administration.
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