Fit firefighters, June 5, 2019

Big Bear Fire Chief Jeff Willis presents a plaque to on-duty crews recognizing their achievements in fitness testing.

Big Bear Fire personnel come through again as the Most Fit Fire Department. For seven straight years they have scored at the top among the other fire departments compared with by Healthy Firefighters, USA.

Every year Big Bear firefighters are put through an intensive physical fitness screening process and are tested in an array of physical fitness categories. Of the 37 firefighters tested, 35 scored above the ideal performance score of 1,500.

Fire Chief Jeff Willis recognized the Big Bear Fire Department Firefighters at the April 23 board meeting. “Their performance has a direct correlation to their ability to perform the rigorous duties of their profession. We appreciate the teamwork and dedication of our personnel to achieve this high standing,” Willis said.

This year, 18 of the department’s firefighters scored above 2,000 points and were recognized for their accomplishments as were the six firefighters that scored ideal in all fitness performance parameters. Results of the fitness testing provide a wealth of information for the individual being tested and is grouped into an overall rating for the fitness level of the department. This information is vital to the training plans for the coming year.

For more information, contact Big Bear Fire Department at or 909-866-7566.

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