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.”