Research has demonstrated the need for high levels of aerobic fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, muscular power and flexibility in order to perform safely and effectively in the fire service.

While assessing uniformed personnelís current fitness level is an important part of developing an individualized fitness program, assessment is not, in itself, a fitness program. An effective physical fitness program has several components that must be implemented, including medical clearance and exercise and nutrition programs, to name a few.

The elements necessary for a successful and comprehensive physical fitness program are highlighted in the 3rd Edition of the Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative.

This section contains an overview of the various fitness components implemented by all of the participating departments.

To view individual components that can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet, click the links below:

Fit to Survive is an online resource provided by the IAFF WFI. This resource was developed from Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant funds and provides up-to-date information, programs and curriculum on fire fighter health, safety, fitness, wellness and nutrition.  Click here or on the icon above to visit Fit to Survive.

To view fitness components by department, click on the links below:


Austin, TX

Calgary, AB
Charlotte, NC
Fairfax CO., VA

Indianapolis, IN
Los Angeles Co., CA

Metropolitan Dade County, FL

New York City, NY
Phoenix, AZ
Seattle, WA


Beckley, WV
Carrollton, TX
Council Bluffs, IA
Lewiston, ME
Mesa, AZ
Orange County Fire Authority, CA
Portland Fire & Rescue, OR
Port Moody, BC
Prince George's Co., MD
San Diego, CA
Snohomish County Fire District 1, WA

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR