Members of Naval District Washington Fire & Emergency Services recently took steps to improve the wellness and fitness of the department. Eighteen members of the department came together for a five-day academically and physically challenging course at NAS Patuxent River.
Each member came with two missions in mind: improving firefighter safety through a well-balanced program, and coordinating overall firefighter wellness and fitness. In partnership with Naval District Washington Fire & Emergency Services IAFF Union Local F121, firefighters were enrolled in the IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiatives and the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Training Certification Program.
The overall concept of the program is to improve firefighter health, wellness, fitness, safety and performance. The program also aims to improve the effectiveness of the firefighters and the fire department in meeting the needs of the community. Each firefighter studied personal training, weight lifting, health and diet management and wellness sustainment, with the overall goal of meeting the qualification requirements to become certified American Council on Exercise personal trainers, and IAFF Wellness/Fitness counselors.
In-depth course work focused on weight lifting fundamentals, kinetic functions, human physiology, and nutrition.
Firefighter/Basic Life Support Darryl Randall of NAS Patuxent River will be taking on the role of the Regional WFI Coordinator. Randall is a part-time personal trainer and his previous experience will help make this program a success. Randall stated “we have worked hard to bring this program in; this program will have far-reaching, positive outcomes not only to NAS Pax, but regionally throughout the District. It will simply make us better prepared to meet the mission.”
For information on this program contact your local representative in attendance, or Firefighter Darryl Randall at NDW/NAS Patuxent River Fire Station 2 at 301-342-3926.