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departments simply do not have a high enough volume of structure fires to rely on the job to keep them in shape. A base layer of strength and cardio conditioning comes first. If you are not there yet, start slowly, master the basics, and begin today. Fitness is your duty. Especially when your life depends on it, even more so when the man or woman going in the fire with you depends on it as well. Beyond that basic level of fit- ness, the goals are to increase VO 2 max and mimic the stresses and movements of the fireground as closely as possible. We push, we pull, we crawl, we lift and we drag. These are all movements that are done in burning structures—they just have to be translated into an organized, progressive program. Sandbags and kettle- bells are extremely functional tools. Hose drags and dummy drags are direct simula- tions of things that we do. Anything going up stairs carrying weight will be effective. Tire flips and battle hoses make great sta- tions to rotate a crew through and build camaraderie at the same time. There are several practical programs created by fire- fighters for firefighters; it is always a good idea to rely on experts to help design your routine. Consistency is the key factor for whatever plan you choose, but you have to keep making progress and mov- ing forward. An important consider- ation is how closely to simu- late fireground conditions. Should we train in bunker gea r? Should we tra in in SCBAs? Some skills need to be completed in full gear from time to time. It is necessary. We have to work at maximum output for prolonged periods in very specific equipment; there is no way around that. The range of motion and body heat-trapping elements of our PPE can be paralyzing if not prepared for. The SCBA has known physiological and psychological effects that build on each other. As such, there is no option but to train frequently enough in full equipment to be ready to do the job in that gear. But with all the known cancer risks, is it worth doing regular conditioning in dirty turnouts? What about taking equip- ment out of service to train, and not having HEALTH & WELLNESS Fireground movements must be translated into an organized, progressive workout program. Request information at e-inquiry Radio HoldeRs | Radio stRaps | anti-sway stRaps | Belts | Badge cases suspendeRs | axe sHeatHs | glove stRaps | eMt scissoR HoldeRs | & MoRe We at Boston Leather support those who serve. Let us serve you with only the best quality leather products. Fine Leather Belts and Accessories boston Crafted with Pride in the USa 58 l Firehouse l January 2017

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