The Marietta Fire Department recognizes the need for its members to achieve maximum fitness levels; to that end, it provides biannual physical fitness testing and annual health examinations for its personnel. Several men and women in the department are certified through the Cooper Institute as Peer Fitness Trainers. Now called Fire Service Fitness Specialists, these individuals aim to combat injuries and prevent deaths by demonstrating fitness leadership and teaching technical skills (cooperinstitute.org).
CrossFit: Ideal for Firefighter Fitness
A number of Marietta Firefighters have been performing CrossFit workouts (WODs) for years. Many of the CrossFit exercises and WODs mimic the exhaustive work that firefighters perform. It is for that reason that our department has adopted it as our main fitness program. In the past, our annual physical fitness testing was centered on traditional methods of measuring tools such as running, sit-ups, and push-ups. Now we have a CrossFit-style fitness test called "The Blitz" that uses job-related movements and equipment to help set goals and measure fitness.
Video: The Marietta Blitz
A handful of Marietta Firefighters are certified as CrossFit Trainers; they now teach classes to all new fire recruits.
Company 52-A do 'The Chief,' a WOD named in honor of the elite cadre of Sailors who are promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer for their personal example, technical expertise, and unique leadership capabilities.
Company 55-B's crew incorporates the roof simulator in their WOD.
Working out in gear enhances CrossFit exercises and makes ordinary workouts job-specific.
Many crews have designed and built rescue mannequins and added them to their workouts.