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Newport firefighters are shaping up

Posted: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013

Newport Fire Chief Phil Paige works out on a stair stepper Wednesday and a heart rate monitor records his cardiac fitness level, while EMT Richard Giles records the results. The Newport Fire Department is instituting a physical fitness requirement program for volunteers and paid staff. Giles said 53 percent of firefighters killed in the line of duty die from heart attacks. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

More firefighters die in the line of duty from heart attacks (53 percent) than any other cause. The Newport Fire Department is instituting annual fitness standards to help keep its personnel safe, effective and on the job.

For the complete article see the 02-08-2013 issue.

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