The Marietta Fire Department recognizes the need for its members to achieve maximum fitness levels. The department provides biannual physical fitness testing and annual health examinations for its personnel. The department's health and wellness committee members seek ways to increase firefighters' knowledge of health-related topics, including department-wide classes on flexibility, stretching and nutrition.
CrossFit workout ideal for firefighter fitness
Men and women from the fire department have achieved certification as peer fitness trainers from the Cooper Institute in Texas. These individuals help their peers by examining fitness goals and working to identify steps to achieve the goals. The focus of developing an appropriate training program is to prepare a firefighter for the strenuous activities of fire service activities and to help reduce the risk of injury.
Physical fitness test
A group from Marietta Fire Department's B-shift takes part in the mile-and-a-half run as an exercise physiologist from an independent company keeps time.
One element of the biannual fitness test that Marietta firefighters perform is the one-minute situp test.
Firefighters Silva and Lafar run the mile and a half on Marietta High School's track.
Chief of training Chris Whitmire takes an active roll in MFD's health and wellness program. The fire department's biannual fitness testing requires that each firefighter complete as many pushups as he or she is able.
Firefighter Engineer Billy Bracket runs the mile and a half for time. Billy is a 1976 graduate of Sprayberry High School where he lettered three years in basketball.
Marietta Firefighter James Purvis attended Georgia Tech from 1984-1989 and majored in industrial management. While there, he was 13-time all-conference (ACC), five-time All-American and two-time national champion in the high hurdles. He eventually was inducted into the Georgia Tech athletic hall of fame. Purvis was a member of the U.S. national bobsled team from 1993-98.