July 15, 2022

Firefighters—Get Fit, Stay Fit! | S2 E28

In this episode, Bonnie and David interview Sara Beckert, National Fire Academy Instructor and founder of First Response Health and Wellness.

Firefighters and other responders are constantly at risk for long term injury, and they suffer a higher rate of workplace injury than most US workers. First Response Health and Wellness offers a range of health and wellness programs suited for all first responders with a specific focus on firefighters.


In this episode, Bonnie and David interview Sara Beckert, National Fire Academy Instructor and founder of First Response Health and Wellness.

Firefighters and other responders are constantly at risk for long term injury, and they suffer a higher rate of workplace injury than most US workers. First Response Health and Wellness offers a range of health and wellness programs suited for all first responders with a specific focus on firefighters.

We will discuss:
➠How Sara prepares programming for her clients
➠Benefits for firefighters implementing her wellness programs
➠The costs of firefighter injury, illness and comp claims and how Sara’s wellness programs can be a win-win for the firefighter and the department
➠Some of the ways firefighter leadership and culture could better support wellness and fitness
➠Various incentives fire departments can offer their members to participate in fitness and wellness programs
➠Best ways for firefighters to start and stay motivated to maintain a fitness routine and healthy lifestyle
➠Sara tells us about her work with the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation and the National Fire Academy.

Sara's programs are created and implemented based on NFPA guidelines and data collected based on individual fire departments, creating an individualized program for each department based on their needs.

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Sara Beckert

Exercise Physiologist | National Fire Academy Instructor | Masters in Human Performance and Applied Physiology

Sara Beckert offers Exercise Therapy for special populations, developing work hardening programs for fire departments, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, and post rehab patients. Sara works with several fire departments in Connecticut.

She also works with athletes post injury, developing programs to get them back to original physical levels.

Sara has masters degrees in Human Performance, and Applied Physiology and she is a National Fire Academy Instructor