Firefighters Focus on Fitness

So far this summer our local fire departments have been busy, tackling fires at homes and businesses.

That's why Sherman is putting non-emergency activities on hold this week, and getting on the bike, to make sure their firefighters stay at the top of their game.

There's no doubt, the Sherman fire fighters have a stressful, injury-prone job.

Cheif Ralph Hendricks, Sherman Fire Department, said, "Fire departments typically have the highest injury rate of any employee in the city. That's not just in Sherman, but across Texas and the United States.

Since May 1, 50 firefighters have died in the line of duty across the country, 10 more than last year.

No one wants one of these guys to be next. That's why they've brought in some experts to talk about wellness. The classes make sure the fire fighters stay at the top of their game.

Shawn Teamann, from Nautilus Sport and Fitness, said, "We're basically talking to them about the differences between anaerobic and aerobic activity. Cardiovascular activity and it' effects on the heart and the things they can do to prevent heart attacks."

Firefighters work out at least an hour each shift and fire officials are considering new gym equipment.

For the most part, the department says its men are in good shape, but they're exercising the rule: prevention is the best way to play it safe on the job.