MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The stress of fighting fire and providing emergency medical services on first responders can take its toll. Local firefighters spent their morning in a classroom learning how to prevent injuries from the wrath of fires and emergency situations.
Dr. Matt Craig from Carolina Wellness and Rehabilitation instructed the firefighters.
The class was designed to target specific movements, prevent injuries firefighters are susceptible to, and gain insight in correcting movement habits.
"It's not about the age anymore ... it's about the miles. As firefighters, we need to keep ourselves in shape and make sure we have the proper techniques when lifting people, bracing, and making sure our movements are proper. We need to keep our longevity as firefighters and stay healthy to help people," said Christian Sliker with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.
The firefighters are required to complete a periodic fitness assessment involving a combination of job-related tasks performed in succession. It's called the J-RAT, or Job-Related Ability Test.
Dr. Craig studied the Myrtle Beach firefighter's motions and required tasks during their J-RAT test in December.