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““This is a great class for anyone who is not familiar with the fire service and firefighting. It will give you the information you need to get started. I did not know anything about what it took to be a firefighter and I now have a full time career thanks to Link 2 Life. This class is highly recommended.”

- Daniel
Mission Viejo, CA

The questions are often posed: “What should I be doing to get - and stay - in shape?” and “There’s so many diets out there, which one’s the best’?” Although simple questions, the possible answers are endless, especially living in the information age. Maybe there really isn’t one correct answer, however, I do believe there are a few common themes that play a major role in addressing these two questions: Balance and Lifestyle. Over the next several articles we will explore avenues that can, and will, prepare you physically, mentally, and yes, maybe even spiritually for your future in the fire service.
 
 

  

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The questions are often posed: “What should I be doing to get - and stay - in shape?” and “There’s so many diets out there, which one’s the best’?”  Although simple questions, the possible answers are endless, especially living in the information age.  Maybe there really isn’t one correct answer, however, I do believe there are a few common themes that play a major role in addressing these two questions: Balance and Lifestyle.  Over the next several articles we will explore avenues that can, and will, prepare you physically, mentally, and yes, maybe even spiritually for your future in the fire service.  There are many components to landing the dream job: testing, interviews, physical agility, probation, etc.  We won’t necessarily be discussing those items here, however, we will be discussing how YOU can create a solid platform (that fits your lifestyle) that will make you successful in the formerly mentioned challenges that all candidates eventually face.  We are not necessarily working towards making you the strongest guy on the block, or the sharpest tool in the shed.  What we will discuss is how YOU can create balance in your life to help you 1) get you a job, and 2) keep you healthy, in the game, and off the injured-reserve for your 30-year career.  We will explore several components that come into play: strength, endurance, mobility/flexibility, mental health, stress management, an active lifestyle, diet and nutrition, sleep, and how you must tie these things into your everyday life to make it work.  Maybe even make it work with a little bit of style.  In the words of The Most Interesting Man in The World: “Stay thirsty my friends….”

 
 

My name is Marty Driscoll, a firefighter/paramedic for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Southern California. OCFA is an all-risk agency that provides services for 23 cities and over 1.5 million people.  I am currently assigned to a paramedic engine in the city of Mission Viejo and recently finished a two-year stint as the full time Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the 800-member department.  I am 32 years old and have several interests and hobbies, a lovely wife, a cat, and a pretty insane life.  I stand 5’10” and typically weigh anywhere from 183-187 lbs.  My body fat varies from about 7%-9%, depending on the season and if I can lay off the ice cream at work.  I’m conscious of what I put into my body, but I don’t pack a suit case full of protein powder and frozen chicken breasts when I go out of town for a weekend.  I enjoy staying active, physically and mentally.  It’s my goal to share with you some of the things that have helped me get this far.

 

Qualifications:

  • • Must be a citizen of the United States;
  • • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • • Must be a high school graduate or have passed the general educational development test and have been issued an equivalency certificate by the superintendent of public instruction or by an appropriate issuing agency of another state or of the federal government;
  • • Must possess or be eligible for a valid California driver's license;
  • • Shall pass a physical examination by a qualified physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, who is not the applicant's personal physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, appointed by the employing authority to determine if the applicant is free from any mental or physical condition that might adversely affect the applicant's performance of the duties of a firefighter;
  • • Must be fingerprinted and a search must be made of the local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record and may not have been convicted of a crime for which the applicant could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary.

 

Add equal parts stress relief and fun, bake low and slow, put your personal twist on it, and we’ve summed up all the ‘secrets’ to a well-balanced candidate on his way to scoring one of the best jobs in the universe.  Tune in again to discover various discussions, tips, statistics, facts, ideology, and philosophy all related to getting you a job, a career, and a lifestyle.  Listen up, take what works, leave what doesn’t, and put together a game plan so that you can be the best individual you can imagine.

 

 
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Last updated: 02/11/2013
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