NEW YORK, September 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On September 9, Garage Gym Reviews pledged $ 50,000 in fitness equipment to help modernize the New York Fire Department (FDNY) Training Center and make know the physical demands of firefighters and their need for additional fitness equipment.
All fitness equipment is currently self-funded or comes from donations. The FDNY Foundation, with its partners, has played a decisive role in the supply of fitness equipment to numerous fire stations and EMS stations.
As part of the awareness campaign, Garage Gym Reviews founder Cooper Mitchell participated in firefighter training, including climbing 10 flights of stairs with 130lb gear. Mitchell interviewed Chief John Regan and several lieutenants on how they train their team to prepare for the mental and physical strength required in times of crisis.
“Everything we do is physical,” says Captain Robert Cefoli, firefighter and head of the FDNY fitness unit. “We are here at 5:30 am to train, prepare our bodies, so that we can do the job. Our city depends on it. If one of us is the weak link, we are a handicap.”
“Lack of fitness can add to the stress of it all,” says FDNY firefighter Timothy Clarke of Ladder Company 12. “If you’re not in good physical condition when you find yourself in an emergency, you are going to be exhausted by the time you get to the traffic light. ”
To stay in shape, firefighters often buy fitness equipment. “The guys at the fire station get material largely through donations or they take care of it with their own money,” says Clarke. “Everyone puts in a hundred dollars. So you go in, you pay and now you have to use that limited amount of money to try and get the best gear you can.”
“FDNY is probably the best-known fire department in the world and these guys have to sacrifice a lot to get their jobs done,” says Cooper Mitchell. “These guys are heroes, and they spend their free time fixing used equipment and making big purchases with personal funds.”
The funds for the new training center equipment were unveiled to the FDNY team on September 9, 2021.
Donations can be made at fdnyfoundation.org/donate/. To make sure your donation goes to fitness equipment, go to “other” and type in “FDNY fitness equipment donation”.
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Image 1: Cooper Mitchell training with the FDNY
Cooper Mitchell reflects as he takes firefighter training
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Cooper Mitchell training with the FDNY