Annual Fitness Testing Ranks Local Firefighters at the Top

BIG BEAR, CA/– Big Bear Fire Department continues its reign as the Most Fit Fire Department for four years running. Once a year, firefighters are put through an intensive physical fitness screening process. Bob Antonacci an Exercise Physiologist fromFitness Appraisal, Inc. (FAI), tests firefighters with an array of physical fitness testing equipment and blood tests. Big Bear Fire Department has surpassed the ideal standard of 1500, once again topping the rankings in 2015, achieving an average performance score of 1630.6.

Each year Antonacci determines the Most Fit Fire Department among its clients based on the average Physical Performance Score among all firefighters in each department. The ideal standard is 1500. Big Bear Fire Department’s Chief Willis stated, “It is my goal to have 100% of all the firefighters in the department meet the ideal standard. This year they are coming closer to obtaining that goal with only 7 firefighters, or 21%, falling below the ideal standard compared to other fire departments at an average of 37% below ideal standard.”

Following closely on the heels of Big Bear Fire Department’s ranking are departments from Paso Robles, with a score of 1618.5 and Morongo, with a score of 1614. Other departments tested include Atascadero, Barstow, Barona, Camp Roberts, Del Mar, Rialto, Ross Valley and Solana Beach, CA.

Results of the fitness testing provide a wealth of information for the individual being tested and is grouped into an overall rating for the fitness level of the department. This information is vital to the training plans for the coming year.

For additional information, please contact Big Bear Fire Department at or (909) 866-7566.

About Big Bear Fire Department:

Big Bear Fire Authority was formed under a Joint Powers Agreement in 2012 combining BigBear Lake Fire Protection District and Big Bear City Fire Department, now commonly known as Big Bear Fire Department. Since its inception,the Big Bear Fire Department is committedto providing Big Bear Valley with professional fire, medical and emergency services “Protecting Lives and Property,” with timely response to fire and medical emergencies.

Contact:​ Dawn Marschinke
Big Bear Fire Department
41090 Big Bear Blvd.
P.O. Box 2830
Big Bear Lake, Calif. 92315
Phone:​ 909-866-7566 x224
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