Health & Fitness Page


Itís 0300. The alarm sounds, the pager beeps, the radio tones. You awake from a deep sleep. Someone is in trouble. A house is burning, a victim is trapped in a crashed vehicle, a baby stops breathing, an elderly woman falls. Your heart races, your mind starts analyzing the situation. You go from zero-to-sixty in two seconds and are ready to respond. Thatís the life of a Firefighter; paid or volunteer itís the same. And it can take a toll on your body. Studies have found that the number one cause of line-of-duty deaths (LODD) for firefighters, both paid and volunteer, is due to sudden cardiovascular events. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that Fire fighters are dying on the job from preventable cardiovascular conditions. Sudden cardiac death represents the most common cause of a fire fighter fatality.


As are many Fire Departments across the nation, so are the Officers of Green Mountain Falls Chipita Park Fire Department committed to the safety, health and fitness of our members. We as a department consistently train for both fire and medical situations with a continuing emphasis on personal safety and situational awareness. We have also begun an effort to both encourage and provide critical information on the need for fitness as a lifestyle. We have arranged for our members discounted fitness memberships at a local fitness center, have encouraged the use of our department fitness equipment, started a department family and friends running club, and have started including health and fitness briefings/education during our monthly business meetings.


Before becoming a member of this department and before receiving my EMT certification, I received a certification as a Fitness Trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association. Although I no longer train as an ISSA professional I still have an excitement for fitness and for seeing people reach their fitness goals. Please take a moment to visit some of the helpful fitness and nutrition links provided.

Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness