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Bryan Fass

First in Fitness

Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, CSCS, EMT-P (ret.), dedicated over a decade to changing the culture of EMS from one of pain, injury and disease, to one of ergonomic excellence and provider wellness. He leveraged his 15-year career in sports medicine, athletic training, spine rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and as a paramedic to become an expert on prehospital patient handling/equipment handling and fire-EMS fitness. His company, Fit Responder, works nationally with departments to reduce injuries and improve fitness for first responders.

Bryan passed away in September, 2019, leaving a legacy of contributions to EMS health and fitness, safety and readiness.

Use these techniques to build a great foundation of first responder-specific strength and become tactically fit
Decoding the myth of poor responder resiliency, stress and responder fatigue in EMS
A few simple screening tools and stretches can strengthen muscles and prevent knee pain and more serious injury in at-risk EMS providers
Neck pain among EMS providers is common, but it doesn’t have to be; here are exercises and mobility tips to remove neck pain from your life
Pain while running EMS calls or sitting around the station is not normal and it can be treated with strength and flexibility exercises
A valid physical ability test specific to EMS is an important step to reduce on-the-job injuries and positively change organization cultures
Improving resiliency through regular exercise and smart nutrition is essential to helping EMS providers cope with traumatic stress
Understand the importance of balancing clean eating with stress to achieve your wellness, fitness and health goals
EMTs and paramedics need food that heals, not poisons that harm, while making them feel good at the same time
These EMS-specific workouts will help you meet your training goals, minimize the risk of on-the-job injury and have you feeling good