Leadership Matters in Firefighter Health and Wellness

By: Dan Kerrigan (Updated February 22, 2016) There are no valid excuses for avoiding firefighter health and wellness.  None. Whether the subject is medical evaluations, physical fitness, behavioral health, or overall nutrition and lifestyle, I have yet to meet anyone that can convince me that firefighter health and wellness is not a vital yet often overlooked risk reduction component in ...

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Sleep on it

The very nature of our jobs in emergency services dictates that at some point in our careers we will be sleep deprived; especially if you work in a busier system with high call volume. The trick to being sleep deprived and not being a zombie comes in optimizing your sleep. For those that unfamiliar with sleep optimization there are a ...

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Good Directions

Since the founding of FDC Training I have had the great fortune of meeting many excellent people that I consider more than just colleagues, I consider them brothers. Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne; I wouldn’t have been able to get this concept up and running had it not been for the two of you. You two were key players in ...

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Flex Nutrition 3: A refresher

By: George McNeil, BS, NR-P, LP, ISO Firefighters traditionally have not had the best nutrition and consequently our physical health has suffered because of it. The numbers alone prove that our physical well being has suffered due to a lack of proper nutrition. Statistically, 50% of all line of duty deaths every year are caused by heart disease. While nutrition can’t ...

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Firefighter Health and Wellness: The Leadership Factor

  By: Dan Kerrigan There are no valid excuses for avoiding firefighter health and wellness. None. Whether the subject is medical evaluations, physical fitness, behavioral health, or overall nutrition and lifestyle, I have yet to meet anyone that could convince me that health and wellness not a vital yet often overlooked risk reduction component in our profession – one that ...

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Stay Sharp

Stay Sharp Four ways to beat the retired on duty attitude A culture/attitude of retired on duty is gaining prominence in the fire service. Once you’re on the job with a little experience under your belt you start doing just the bare minimum to stay proficient and be somewhat decent at your job. Attitudes like this are killing the fire ...

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Flex nutrition part 2

Two weeks ago we touched on flex nutrition and the different types of fuel the body needs to function. Nutrition is very important for firefighters because roughly fifty percent of all the line of duty deaths every year are attributed to heart disease. The answer to this nutrition quandary is flexible dieting and it’s based on the simple principle that ...

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Lead From The Front

I had promised the second part of the flex nutrition article this week but it is still being polished in an effort to make sure the information is accurate.; so I am posting some thoughts on leadership that are important. Lead From The Front, Not The Back 3 Ways to be a better leader not a boss By: George McNeil, ...

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