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    OK Ladies and gentlemen this question/point to ponder comes after spending 7 days on a cruise ship in the South Atlantic. Here it goes. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape. I know that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Anyway over the past seven says I have seen people young and old that were so morbidly obese that they were unable to get out of chairs, upstairs, etc etc etc. Now much less be able to get out of a hot tub or pool w/o the help of several people. Im not looking for excuses; but how can one or multiple FFs be expected to move/relocate someone of this size w/o doing some serious damage to themselves. Even ambulance crews w/o major help. Ive been there in both cases and it is hard as HELL sometimes. I know we all want to do our best but man sometimes it can be rough. Just something to think about. If anyone has any words of wisdom please let me hear them, Thanks and God Bless.

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    Physical fitness is very important for us to do our jobs the best. I have had to deal with heavy patients before, and you are right, they are very difficult to carry or move.
    The best thing we can do as emergency workers is to stay in top shape ourselves. I have tried different workout programs and never found ones that I like to stick with... however I would recommend the 'Body 4 Life' program.
    Your local library should have the book. It is a great program and it only takes you 45 minutes at the most a day. I have had tremendous results following it. It helps everything from upper to lower body, plus cardio. And you all know we need to keep the ol' ticker in tip-top shape.
    Well anyway, that's just my thoughts.

    be safe brothers

    ps. Lay off the bacon!
    Be safe brothers

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    • #3
      Bill Phillips' "Body for Life" and Mike Stefano's "The Firefighters Workout" book are both excellent. We as firefighters owe it to ourselves, our families and the communities we serve to keep ourselves in good physical condition.

      Two of Murphy's laws of firefighting...

      "The 100 pounds per floor rule goes into effect at every fire and EMS run."

      "The unconcious victim's weight is directly proportionate as to what floor their apartment is on."


      [ 10-02-2001: Message edited by: Captain Gonzo ]
      ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
      Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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      • #4
        I agree with the Cappy. I am currently on the Mike Steffano"Firefighters Workout". It is a great book for all.

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