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Fitness of Jonesboro Firefighters Tested

April 30, 2006 - Posted at 1:05 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas State University faculty members

and some graduate assistants are working with the Jonesboro Fire

Department to assess the fitness of the city's 95 firefighters.

Using an assessment tool from the American College of Sports

Medicine, the team is testing firefighters before and after they

use equipment at A-S-U's health and physical education complex. The

firefighters will be tested for muscular strength, endurance and

flexibility to get an idea of how they compare fitness-wise within

their age group.

Matthew Comeau -- an exercise physiologist at A-S-U -- says that

with the stress of firefighting, the intensity of the heat, and the

weight of the equipment, firefighters are at greater risk for

cardiovascular disease. Being fit improves their chances of doing a

good job and warding off health problems.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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