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The Benefits of Cardio Workouts with Treadmills

Not too far from where I live, there is a local fire station that services our area and a few other surrounding areas. The odd time I walk past it, I get to see the fire fighters performing safety drills and performing provisional firefighting acts such as climbing a tower with a ladder, performing dummy first aid and working on a firefighting drill such as connecting the water hose to a water supply and aiming the nozzle at an alleged fire. It’s really cool to see how they organize themselves. But I gotta say… observing…

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Preparing for the Firefighter CPAT Test

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One of the hardest parts of becoming a firefighter is to prepare yourself physically for the entrance physical testing. It used to be that many departments would have their own standard physical test, variations of ladder climbs, hose drags, running and more. However, with more departments realizing that creating and designing their own testing took a lot of time and opened them up to liability issues, the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is gaining in popularity. So, what is the CPAT and how can you prepare for it if you have no firefighter experience? The…

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Online Fire Science Degree Programs

With more fire departments seeking more qualified candidates, does a fire science degree help you get hired or promoted? There is a lot of discussion about this topic, so lets take a look at some options for your fire science degrees. One of the easiest ways to get your fire science degree is to earn it online while working. Many firefighters have found that a degree from an accredited program that is earned from an online school, like Eastern Kentucky University or Kaplan University have helped them. While not every person can attend school prior…

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Benefits of Stretching

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As we get older, our muscles tighten and the range of motion in the joints can be minimized. As a firefighter, this can cause problems with the requirements of lifting, climbing and other job related tasks. Tasks that used to be easy to us, such as zipping up a flight of steps or reaching for a crosslay, have now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help keep our muscles loose and help to prevent injury and soreness after a busy shift.

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Top Six Stretching Exercises

There are many benefits to stretching when it comes to keeping yourself healthy and strong. Often it has been reported that most sprains and strains can be reduced by stretching. Also, pre-workout and post workout stretching has increased benefits of reducing aches and pains after a strenuous workout, plus it can help prevent injuries during the workout itself. Here is a great video that shows six of the best stretching exercises that you can begin doing today.

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5 Ways to Improve Firefighter Fitness

As we all know, heart disease and heart attacks are the number one killer of firefighters in the United States today. If you have certain other risks factors, it is critical that you take measures to improve and maintain good cardio health.

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How Firefighters Died in 2007

How Firefighters Died in 2007

The United States Fire Administration has released its preliminary report on how firefighters died in 2007. There aren't many surprises in this report as most of the numbers are still relatively similar to years past.

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Welcome to Firefighter Health and Fitness dot Com

Welcome to FirefighterHealthand Wellness.com! Your source for fitness tips, nutritional advice and more, written by firefighters for firefighters!

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