KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Staying fit is important for everyone, but it's a necessity for the people responsible for saving our lives, our first responders.
"It makes it a lot easier to go longer and get more done at the fire scenes, without as much stress on your body. Heart attacks are the number one killer of fire fighters," said Captain Dan Winslow, a 33 year old veteran with the Kennewick Fire Department.
Winslow is 59 years old but takes his health and fitness serious, working out on and off the clock at least three days a week. Their contract says Kennewick Firefighters are required to spend at hour doing physical training while they're at work.
Many of the firefighters and paramedics use that hour to Cross Fit at the station. They find a routine online and always switch it up. Brian Carter keeps it fun.
"It's always different. There's a wide variety of exercises ranging from rows and running to actual weight lifting." he said.
The circuit training takes about an hour and can be intense, depending how hard you want to work.
He said about 3-5 co-workers join him on a daily basis. Carter said he usually starts with a ten minute cardio warm up and then it's on to push-ups, pull-ups, weights, burpees, squats and everything in between.
The training is necessary because their job takes a beating on their heart, going from resting state to elevated quite often during duty.
"You get woken up abruptly and you go right from sleeping to running or working in five minutes. And it causes your body to have an adrenaline dump. It actually puts your body into the fight or flight mode," Carter said.
He says doing it over and over again, often creates side effects.
"You end up having cardiac issues, heart attacks vascular disease," Carter said.