Traditional firefighter conditioning has revolved around cardiovascular training such as jogging or treadmill work. But the real world dictates that firefighters must have cardiovascular function with nearly 50 pounds of gear on their bodies.
Research continues to show a relationship between firefighting and medical issues making health and wellness a priority for the U.S. Fire Service. Annual physicals are critically important in keeping our nation’s firefighters healthy.
The topic of health and wellness in the fire service has been growing over the years. This can be attributed to a number of factors such as workers compensation, absenteeism, injury reduction, and improved firefighter fitness to decrease adverse health risks/events; all are positives in helping our greatest resource—the firefighter. However, it does also open the door to a lot of problems if this subject is not properly addressed.
More important than the rig itself is what’s inside; doing a full, honest inventory will help you get the most of your rehab unit.