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Video: The importance of firefighter hydration

Aaron Zamzow explains the connection between hydration and heart attacks, how water can help improve your performance, and more

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By Aaron Zamzow

You’re all ready for your shift today: Your gear bag is packed, you’re caught up on sleep, and while you were off duty you got a couple good workouts in. But if you’re like more than 80% of firefighters, there’s something very important you’re forgetting: water.

Just like in firefighting, water is essential for body function. Operate with less than you need, and it’s like trying to put out a high-rise fire with the water in your engine’s tank. But studies show more than 80 percent of firefighters are dehydrated.

Are you getting enough water?

In this quick video, Aaron Zamzow, a firefighter with Madison (WI) Fire Department and founder of Fire Rescue Fitness, shares some important information about hydration. Learn the connection between hydration and heart attack, how water can help improve your performance, and more:

About the author

Aaron Zamzow is a firefighter/training officer for Madison Fire Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health/wellness and has 20 years of experience as a fitness trainer. Aaron is the founder and owner of and authors programs aimed at getting fire rescue athletes fit for duty. He is also the fitness columnist for Firehouse magazine.