South Whatcom Fire Authority is the 4th recipient of the $2500 “Strength Is Our Foundation” firefighter fitness equipment grant. The grant, awarded by 5-5-5 Fitness, provides a fitness equipment package to fire departments that lack access to existing facilities with the hopes of reducing the number of firefighter injuries and line of duty deaths.
South Whatcom Fire Authority serves the communities of Geneva, Sudden Valley, Yew Street, Lake Samish, and Chuckanut with five fire stations. A combination of career and volunteer members provide 24 hour staffing for responses to fire, emergency medical services and special rescue calls. The fitness equipment will be housed at two 24-hour staffed stations, Geneva and Samish Way. The fitness equipment will also be used at weekly Wednesday night workouts put on by department members who encourage all members to come workout together to build strength, endurance, and camaraderie.
5-5-5 Fitness and their partner, Again Faster Equipment, provided South Whatcom Fire Authority with two 45lb. Olympic barbells, 370lbs. in weightlifting plates, a gymnastics ring package, 53lb. kettlebell, 20lb. medicine ball, and a rowing machine from Concept 2. Sponsors for the grant included: Fit Aid Beverage sent 2 cases of fit aid for post-workout recovery, Top Secret Nutrition sent several boxes of pre-workout supplements, and Topricin Healing Creams sent natural pain relief creams to help relieve pain from sore muscles.
All Fire departments from around the country were eligible to apply for the grant. Over 75 applications were submitted and evaluated by the staff of 5-5-5 fitness to determine the individual departments’ needs and ability to implement a fitness plan to support all of their members. The applications were ranked and the top three were sent to a panel of judges to choose the winner. The panel of judges selected South Whatcom Fire Authority’s application as the winning submission in May of 2015.
5-5-5 Fitness was founded in 2013 by a group of firefighters who are committed to promoting firefighter health, safety, and reducing firefighter LODD’s from cardiac events. They provide daily workouts on their website, www.555fitness.com, as well as apparel that’s proceeds benefit the “Strength Is Our Foundation” fitness equipment grant.
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