Suggested Strategies for Developing and Retaining Fire Fitness Trainers

by John R. Bennett, MS, CSCS,*D
TSAC Report April 2016
Vol 40, Issue 1

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This article provides a list of items that affect the ability to develop and retain quality fire fitness trainers and provides possible solutions to common challenges for program managers that make decisions for a facility or agency.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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John Bennett is the co-developer and chair of the Florida Firefighter Fitness Collaborative, an organization that focuses on agency-to-agency cooperat...

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