Health and Fitness

Smoke From Burning Poison Oak Puts Firefighter In Hospital

Kenneth Cole, a wildland firefighter battling the Douglas Complex fire was hospitalized early Tuesday after having an allergic reaction to smoke from burning poison oak. He was released from the hospital later that day. We are happy to announce that […]
Endurance: Row Your Way to Fire Fit

Endurance: Row Your Way to Fire Fit

Want to be the toughest wildland firefighter on the fireline? Then it’s time to to develop your endurance and stamina.  Hop on a rowing machine (also called an ergometer) you’ll be ready for even the most unforgiving of terrains. Why […]

Wildland Firefighter Gear: Electrolyte Replacements

The arduous work of a wildland firefighter results in a lot of salty sweat. But during this arduous activity you not only lose water. You also lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts — more specifically, positively and negatively charged ions — present […]
Interval Workouts for Wildland Firefighters

Interval Workouts for Wildland Firefighters

Photo Source: TrailSource.com As a wildland firefighter, you hike and trudge through some of the harshest conditions, all while lugging a heavy pack. And after you’re done, you cut fireline. All of this back-breaking work requires strict training. To help […]
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration! Ten Tips for Wildland Firefighters

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration! Ten Tips for Wildland Firefighters

Wildland firefighting is hard, back-breaking work. When you’re out in extreme temperatures for hours hiking and cutting line, and it’s easy to become dehydrated. However, dehydration not only affects your work, it can also be life threatening. Check out these […]
Fire Shelters: The Last Resort

Fire Shelters: The Last Resort

(Photo from National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Fire shelters are considered the last resort for firefighters caught in a deadly burn-over event. But with overall effectiveness in question — some experts say a firefighter who deploys his fire shelter may have […]

Stretch it out: Firefighter flexibility

Back, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries – some of the most prevalent injuries among wildland firefighters – can often be avoided with thorough stretching.  A solid stretching routine can also help loosen stiff joints and build greater flexibility. Increased flexibility […]
Snack Time: Replenish Your Fuel

Snack Time: Replenish Your Fuel

Just as wildfires need fuel to burn, wildland firefighters need to replenish their fuel to battle them. To do this taxing and strenuous work, and proper nutrition is extremely important to keeping up with the challenges that you face in […]

Ten apps to help you stay fit this fire season

With the start of fire season here, you have likely spent the past several months training, eating healthy and getting in shape so you can perform your best on the fireline. But even though your pack test might be done, […]
New Red Card Requirements

New Red Card Requirements

Both permanent wildland firefighters and emergency firefighters are now required by  to complete the IS-700 course (Intro to the National Incident Management System) to obtain their 2013 Red Cards. EFF firefighters are encouraged to IS-700 online and take the certificate […]