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As you all know by now I am a fan and supporter of FireRescue1 posts, so I share now a video link which I feel is on the right track but lacks definition as to what exactly this trainer is recommending we do as far as "fitness training".

I feel he would have more effectively defined the mission if he had emphasized the goal of "training" as he put it. He stopped short of recommending we should train for the exact drills we do to terminate fire, rescue victims and even the deploying and storing of equipment. For myself I feel it is most important to build up the body parts that will be used repeatedly doing the tasks germane to the Fire Service and not just building up the body components that make one look big & strong.

Time and again I have witnessed men who looked like Greek God's pull or tare small little muscles in their lower backs, lower chests and groin areas that they had no idea were even there. They did it doing the job entering or exiting a structure, pulling a charged line through a narrow passage or lifting minor weights in an unbalanced fashion, .. from the side and rotating their upper body. These are the areas to focus on and strengthen or actions to learn to avoid. All the upper body strength in the world will not prevent a torn ham string people.

VIDEO LINK : https://www.firerescue1.com/fitness/articles/video-firefighters-sto...

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Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on October 27, 2019 at 6:40pm

Additionally I wish to share one of my visits to a city Fire Station in Ottawa where I was given full access to the station, was afforded the privilege of a "ride along" and given one on one tutelage by several of that departments members both "rank & file hose stretchers" and Fire Officers alike who all embraced my willingness to learn from those who have perfected several protocols that were part of a "city Fireman's" daily routine.

I was very impressed with one of their training tools made of plywood that mocked a bailout from a basement scenario through a very small opening. I had never seen a tool like this before and was very eager to bring the photos of this tool back to my rural volunteer department because we had many homes where this situation was often faced. Sadly it was dismissed as unnecessary and I have since lost the photo.

But these for myself are the areas to practice so our minds and bodies are in top shape to deal with them adeptly and without injury. 

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