Helping First Responders deal with stress and crisis situations

about todd platner

Hello to all Emergency Service Workers,

As I stood in the wellness center where I worked and watched the events of 9/11 unfold on television, I had an overwhelming concern, not only for my own family, but for all of the families that were torn apart by the tragedy. I thought to myself, "What can I do to help?" In time, I became a volunteer firefighter, and later went on to become a full time firefighter.

After reading the NFPA protocols on fitness for emergency service workers, I became aware of the seriousness of heart related disease for all emergency services workers. More than half of first responder deaths are related to heart disease.  This information instilled in me a  desire to help fellow emergency service workers be better prepared to handle the added physical stress that comes with our jobs.  Armed with my degree in fitness education, I became a Peer Fitness Trainer.

My goal is to reach all emergency service personnel to provide the tools needed to address this serious health hazard through exercise.  Together, we can be prepared to handle whatever emergency situation arises tomorrow.  "While we can not change the past, we can use it to motivate us to pave the way for a brighter future."

Yours in health,
Todd Platner

News & Announcements

Guide to firefighter fitness FIRE Magazine (1.31. 2012)

"Fit to Fight Fire Fitness Guide" Helps Public Safety Professionals Fire Deparment Network News (12.1.2011)

Get Fit to Fight Fire Fitness Guide, Todd Platner, Virginia Fire News (12.14.2011)

Kentucky League of Cities Article (8.1.2007)

Todd Platner Featured in EMSWorld (5.25.2011)

Why Choose Us

A Fire Fitness program is a "Resistance Program" designed to improved your total body strength and muscular endurance. It is not a "bodybuilding" or "power lifting" program. Although, muscle strength and growth will occur. These programs are designed to prepare all emergency service workers, weather it be Firefighters, EMS, or Law Enforcement, they will specifically apply for the tasks of your job by using lift, carry, push, pull movements that are used on the emergency seen and can be duplicated in exercise.

Your fitness program will be designed for you, to be preformed three days per week. There will be days of rest in between to allow for muscle recovery and growth.
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about us

My goal is to reach all emergency service personnel to provide the tools needed to address this serious health hazard through exercise.

 Together, we can be prepared to handle whatever emergency situation arises tomorrow.  "While we can not change the past, we can use it to motivate us to pave the way for a brighter future."

Yours in health,
Todd Platner

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