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 Fitness Equipment Grant is
Helping Beaver Dam F&R Stay
Strong and Healthy
Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue is excited to announce that we have received a grant from 555 Fitness. The grant has allowed us to purchase new fitness equipment into our fire station. Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue thanks the 555 Fitness group for the grant and equipment. Thanks, too, for the work that they have done and continue to do to help decrease the number
of cardiac related Line of Duty Deaths (LODD’s) in the fire service. From the grant we received a Beaver Fit Tactical Box which is a unique piece of fitness equipment that can break down and be stored inside of the box when not in use. This
is great for limited space ( We also received an Air Assault bike which is a great tool to work cardiovascular endurance (, Kettle bells, and Brute Force Sandbags, which are great training tools which use sand to work on strength and muscular endurance. Using sand to workout adds a unique dynamic to training because each time you move the bag the load shifts, which is great for firefighters because we are always lifting in odd positions and non- symmetrical loads (
The United States Fire Service, on average, experiences approximately 100 Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) per year.
Over half of those deaths are due to sudden cardiac death. This is due to the stress of the job, over exertion, working
in hot environments and dehydration. For example, in 2017 there were 92 firefighter LODD, 51 or 55.4% of them were from heart attacks. If firefighters train our bodies to be stronger, healthier, and increase our cardiac endurance we can help diminish the associated risk of cardiac issues and firefighting. Firefighters are also more prone to cancer due to the chemicals that we are exposed to during fires and suffer high rates of anxiety, depression, and suicides due to the stuff that we see and have to deal with during our careers. Physical fitness is a great way to decrease the incidence of those health issues.
555 Fitness is a non-profit 501c3 charity that raises money with the sales of t-shirts and donations on their website, The money that they raise provides fitness equipment to fire departments around the country through a grant process. There is no percentage that the city needs to cover through this grant, so no tax dollars are used. To find out more about this organization please check out their website. The website has information on the organization, the winners of the past grants, application for the upcoming grants, and workouts that are updated daily. They also have an application for mobile devices that gives you the workout of the day (WOD) at no cost.
Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue is a combination department
in Dodge County. The department has 17 career firefighter/ paramedics, chief, deputy chief, administrative assistant and 27 paid-on-call firefighters. BDFD serves 100 square miles for fire and 150+ square miles for EMS for 5 Townships and the City of Beaver Dam. BDFD responds to approximately 2,700 calls for service a year. f
“Over half of deaths are due to sudden cardiac death. This is due to the stress of the job, over exertion, working in hot environments and dehydration.”
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