TITLE

PHYSICAL FITNESS OF AN INDUSTRIAL FIRE DEPARTMENT VS. A MUNICIPAL FIRE DEPARTMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Garver, Julie N.; Jankovitz, Kristine Z.; Danks, Jane M.; Fittz, Ashley A.; Smith, Heather S.; Davis, Steven C.
PUB. DATE
May 2005
SOURCE
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research;May2005, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p310
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Both industrial and municipal fire- fighters need to maintain high levels of physical fitness and minimize cardiovascular risk factors. The nature of firefighter responsibilities in industrial and municipal settings may vary, affecting the ability to sustain high levels of physical fitness. We compared the working conditions, physical fitness, and exercise training practices of an industrial fire department (n = 17) to those of a nearby municipal fire department (n = 55). After informed consent, aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, flexibility, blood lipid concentrations, and blood pressure levels were measured. Exercise training practices and related factors were assessed using a questionnaire. Despite programmatic differences, these departments demonstrated similar, relatively high degrees of physical fitness and similar blood lipid concentrations, blood pressure levels, and cardiac risk factors. It is recommended that fire departments involve appropriately trained staff, schedule on-duty times for exercise, offer well-equipped exercise facilities, and follow National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for exercise conditioning in order to maintain a high degree of physical fitness.
ACCESSION #
17153785

 

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