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Welcome to is the worlds leading resource for firefighter health & wellness. As a member you will have access to information provided by firefighters, physical therapists, and strength and conditioning coach's who have first hand experience training those on the front line. is PROUD TO BE associated with the Firefighter Cancer Foundation. The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation was established to provide international outreach, support, and resource assistance programs for fire fighters and family members that are stricken by cancer. The Foundation is creating state of the art programs for cancer education, awareness, and prevention to ensure the quality of life and retirement of fire fighters around the world.
Squatting: Knee vs. Hip -- which is better?
Many firefighters today are performing squats to get into shape or get strong, but what they may not realize is that there are two different styles of squatting: knee dominate and hip dominate. Performing to many of one and not the other could lead to problems down the road. . . . keep reading
What is a tabata?
Over the past few years the word tabata has been synomonious with an interval of 20/10, yet most really do not understand the real concept. . . . keep reading
Adding Creativity, Variety and New Stimulus to Your Program
Joel Raether MAEd, CSCS*D, RSCC*D
Keeping your workouts original while achieving results will prevent burnout and maximize results. In today's age of training, the use of strong man training (11, 28), dumbbells, functional training (med ball, bands) and kettle bell training are all very common. Each of these modes and differing implements offer variety and enhanced levels of training stimulus that can all be beneficial when introduced in the appropriate manner. . . . keep reading
Fitness and Fatigue
Scott Peltin and Derrick Alkonis
Have you ever wondered why your fitness level appears to vary from day to day? Why one day you workout and feel great while on another day you workout and feel like an elephant sat on you? . . . keep reading
The Lumbo Pelvic System: Finding Real Power
Over a 30 year career it is not uncommon to see how the job of firefighting will change certain movement patterns. One specific area that has been of concern lately is the lumbo-pelvic and hip complex. . . . keep reading
RISK ASSESSMENT: Metabolic Syndrome
A comprehensive medical screening program is one of the most proactive policies in protecting a firefighters overall health, yet many fire departments are unable to offer them. In today's tight economic times it is difficult to justify any type of health and wellness program. In fact according to a report issued by the NFPA (October, 2011) 41% of California fire departments had no program to maintain basic firefighter health and wellness. . . . keep reading
Heart Disease & Firefighters: How and Why?
It has been well documented that the number 1 killer of firefighters is heart disease. Intervention strategies within a comprehensive health and wellness program have helped to reduce these numbers over the years, but there is still an alarming rate of firefighters who suffer from heat attacks each year. . . . keep reading
Treadmill programs to strengthen the heart
For many of us time is usually one of the biggest excuses that prevents us from exercising. Check out the treadmill program to help you get into shape and maintain your healthy lifestyle. . . . keep reading
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"Our fire academy cadets continue to reach new heights of physical fitness with the guidance of Coach John Hofman. The information he provides on diet, nutrition and stress reduction dovetail right into his sessions on strength and aerobic conditioning. The cadets are well prepared to have a long and healthy career due to the knowledge, strength and endurance they develop with the “Coach” and this enables them to save the lives and property of the citizens they protect."

Tennis Tollefson
Fire Technology Coordinator, Sierra College

"“Fit for Fire, Fit for Life”, is an apt description for the Sacramento Fire Department’s Health and Wellness program conducted by coach John Hofman. In 1990 I co-founded the program with Battalion Chief Don Hartwick. There were very few such programs in the United States at the time and we entered uncharted waters to provide the firefighters with an awareness of the need for and ability to attain health and fitness in the fire service. After conducting the program for 12 years I was ready to pass the torch to someone who would improve on the program foundation with new energy, ideas and services for the firefighter. I sat on the interview committee to select the person to accomplish this. We did, with great success and good fortune, in hiring Coach John Hofman. His professional expertise, energy, innovative nature and most importantly, concern for the firefighter has taken the program to a new and exciting level. The program is in excellent hands.”
Al Baeta,
Former Director of the Health and Fitness program, Sacramento Fire Department