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Elko District Office
Release Date: 05/29/14
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News Release No. ELKO 2014-37

Elko Firefighters Compete in Fitness Challenge

ELKO, Nev. – The BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge tests participants in four basic exercises - push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a timed run of either 1.5 or 3 miles. The challenge is voluntary and test results are compiled into a final overall score. Unit and state offices are encouraged to support and recognize achievement in firefighter fitness and the BLM Fire and Aviation Division of Fire Operations recognizes high achievers annually. 

“Excellent physical fitness is essential to firefighter performance,” said Tyler Hecht, Fire Operations Supervisor. “Allan Loyd finished the 1.5 mile run in 7:57 minutes, that was our fastest time this year.”

Many times individual fitness is the limiting factor on work production in wildland firefighting. Fatigue has been found to be a contributing factor in many accidents, and numerous studies have proven that physical fitness is a good way to mitigate fatigue.

The Elko District encompasses 12.5 million acres, and has primary wildland fire suppression responsibility for 7.5 million acres of public lands. Assistance is also provided to cooperating agencies such as the Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and numerous county, tribal and municipal governments.

The Elko District Office’s fire suppression organization employs over 70 permanent and temporary seasonal employees. Fire suppression resources consist of four stations (Elko, Carlin, Wells, and Midas), ten engines, three Fire Operations Supervisors, an Interagency Hotshot Crew, Helitack crew, airplanes and helicopters. The Elko Interagency Dispatch Center handles all-risk dispatch duties for five agencies and an aggressive fuels management program implements hazard fuels reduction projects for resource benefit each year. The interagency fire organization also completes numerous Prevention / Education / Mitigation outreach activities annually within our local communities.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E Idaho St      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-17-2015