"Physical fitness is a critical component of a health and wellness program in today's fire service. The problem was that the Homewood Fire & Rescue Service did not have a physical fitness component of its overall health and wellness program. The research questions were: 1) What are the national recommendations for firefighter physical fitness training? 2) What processes exist for establishing a physical fitness training program in the fire service? 3) What programs do other fire departments have in place to address the issue of firefighter fitness? and 4) How do the physical demands of our job indicate a need for regular physical fitness training? The data was gathered through an extensive literature review, online survey and focus groups. The results clearly indicate the need for a fitness program and appropriate options were recommended to Fire Administration for consideration and implementation."
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