10/10/2010 9:56:00 PM Walkers, runners sought for Firefighter Fitness Walk/Run
Prescott Fire Department/Courtesy Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Brad Malm is seen doing two things he loved – teaching firefighters at the Fire Academy (above) and on the ladder battling a structure fire.
Brad Malm Firefighter Fitness Walk/Run
When: Saturday, Oct. 16
Course: Starts and finishes at the Firehouse Plaza on Goodwin Street in Prescott
Start: 10K run starts at 8 a.m.
5K run starts at 8:15 a.m.
2-mile fun walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
Amenities: T-shirts for all entrants
Refreshments after the race provided by Coca-Cola Bottling Company
The Prescott Fire Department hopes at least 200 people take part in the inaugural Brad Malm Firefighter Fitness Walk/Run on Saturday, Oct. 16, in front of the Firehouse Plaza on Goodwin Street in Prescott.
The event, sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Mountain Milers, New Frontiers Natural Foods and Prescott Firefighters Charities, begins at 8 a.m. with a 10K run, then a 5K starts at 8:15 a.m., and a 2-mile fun walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
"The whole purpose of the run is to support firefighter fitness for the long term and the Prescott Basin Firefighter Wellness/Fitness Foundation," said Eric Kriwer, spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department.
All proceeds from the run will support the Prescott Basin Firefighter Wellness/Fitness Foundation, and local charities that contribute to heath health and community wellness education.
The Prescott Basin Firefighter Wellness/Fitness Foundation is designed to help local firefighters realize the benefits of total health and wellness.
"Not only is it beneficial to firefighters' health and well being, but firefighters will be going out to schools to teach kids about health, wellness, diet and fitness," Kriwer said.
Firefighting is one of the most physically demanding occupations with firefighters working near their maximal heart rates for extended periods of time, Kriwer said.
"The leading cause of firefighter death is heart attack and nearly 100 firefighters die in the line of duty each year, many of those are from heart attacks," Kriwer said.
The event was named for Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Brad Malm because he knew the physical, psychological and emotional demands of firefighting and encouraged firefighters to stay fit and healthy, Kriwer said. Malm also played softball, ran marathons and enjoyed hiking.
Malm died after a major heart attack just 15 months after retiring in 2007, Kriwer said.
Malm, who worked for the Prescott Fire Department for 30 years, had a major influence the department, Kriwer said.
Malm was one of the fire department's first paramedics and an instructor and fire academy coordinator at Yavapai College. He was a battalion chief for 11 years, overseeing the hazardous materials and technical rescue teams.
Kriwer said the Prescott Fire Department hopes this will become an annual event and become part of the local and state-level running series in Arizona.
Since fire departments across the country have adopted standards of firefighter wellness and fitness, they have seen significant drops in firefighter injuries.