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Firefighters YMCA Fitness Grant Renewed in 2010

When 2010 began firefighters were unsure if the Government grant for the city of Mobile firefighters to participate in the YMCA Fitness Program was going to be renewed. Firefighters were unsure if the YMCA Fitness Program would be renewed.

When 2010 began firefighters were unsure if the Government grant for the city of Mobile firefighters to participate in the YMCA Fitness Program was going to be renewed. Firefighters were unsure if the YMCA Fitness Program would be renewed so some signed up for the YMCA to pay their own way to continue their fitness routines. Other firefighters looked elsewhere to find somewhere they could keep themselves in a good physical condition and then some just done their own thing wherever they could.

 

Despite all the obstacles the YMAC Fitness Grant was renewed in 2010 and firefighters were able again to go to the YMCA and work out for free. Now that the YMCA Fitness Program has been renewed every employee of the Mobile Fire Department will have to go to the YMCA to have a fitness test done to see what kind of shape they are in physically before they can begin using the facility. The YMCA does this so that each person will know their physical limitations before they began the program.

 

After each employee has finished the fitness test a member of the YMCA will explain to them what the results were and what they need to do to improve before next year rolls around and then they will be retested again to see if there is any improvement.

 

On October 27, 2010 engine 22 and three crew members went to the YMCA to do their fitness test and among the three crew members was firefighter Darrell Farmer who is assigned to truck 5 third shift.

 

As Firefighter Darrell Farmer went though the steps below the crew members of engine 22 and others looked on while waiting for their turn.

The fitness test lasts for about fifteen minutes. The first step of the fitness test was to tell the YMCA employee your name and then you were asked a few questions about your physical activity. Next you are given a blood pressure check and then weighed.

 

The next step was to pull up on a bar to test upper body strength then sit on the floor with your legs slightly apart and stretch as far as you could and touch a mark. The last part of the test was to get on a stationary bicycle and pedal for six minutes.

 

After the test was finished firefighter Darrell Farmer is given a print out of his results and counseled on what areas he will need improvement in before next year’s evaluation.

 

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