Bureau of Fire Protection Pampanga personnel headed by Acting Provincial Fire Marshal CINSP RODEL M MANUEL BFP together with the assistance of Regional Staff headed by SFO4 Alejandro M Genavia, conducted Physical Fitness Test in line with BFP Health and Wellness Program to all the Pampanga BFP personnel form ages 21 to 40 held at Bren Z Guiao Sports Complex, City of San Fernando Pampanga last 24 May 2016.

Firefighters’ physical fitness is attested to ensure they possess and maintain physical capabilities necessary for firefighting. Physical fitness is the corner stone of combat readiness. Physical fitness keeps fire fighters in top condition so they’re always ready in the time of conflagration and manmade or natural emergencies.

Physical Fitness test include four (4) activities that measure muscular strength, endurance, speed, agility and flexibility of the fire fighters which include: 1 min push-ups, 1 min pull-ups, 50 meter hose carry and 3km run.

Firefighter needs to better understand the correlation between physical fitness and improved job performance. Improving your overall strength through physical fitness allows you to perform fire ground task without putting yourself at risk of danger and injury. Mental and physical strength enable firefighter to stay focused on a given task.

Additionally, firefighters are required to maintain high level of fitness during deployments to ensure they are able to carry their personal protective gear/equipment while conducting routine operations. Overall firefighter performance is based on a combination of individual strengths that create a network of productivity, both mentally and physically, so service members who are in peak of physical condition can contribute more to their teams than members who are in poor physical condition.

The ability to perform required tasks during the time of emergencies can make the difference between life and death if the firefighter is physically unfit and unable to perform the job. Firefighters desire to help someone else in a time of need and go out of their way in the attempt to save a life, whether it’s pulling someone from a burning building or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. However, firefighters must see the overall picture more clearly so they can achieve a level of peak performance that will enable them to do their job more efficiently. By incorporating all aspects of fitness, strength training, and muscular endurance into a regular routine, firefighters can start to make the strides that create a safer workplace for themselves, their coworkers, and the public.

FO1 Keysilyn M Guinto

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