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Wind River / Bighorn Basin District Office
Release Date: 06/05/09
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Bighorn Basin BLM Firefighters Participate in Fitness Challenge

WHAT:  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District is inviting members of the media to observe the District's Fitness Challenge. The strength and endurance of new and seasoned BLM firefighters from Cody, Thermopolis and Worland will be tested during this annual event. Members of the public will also be present, volunteering their time as non-biased certifiers.

WHEN:  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 8, 2009.

WHERE:  BLM Worland Field Office, 101 South 23rd Street. Please check-in at the front desk.

BACKGROUND:  Excellent physical fitness is essential to firefighter performance. Many times the limiting factor on work production in wildland firefighting is individual fitness. 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 Fitness Challenge provides a common system by which BLM firefighters can measure current fitness, establish fitness goals, track fitness improvement, and receive recognition for their efforts. The Fitness Challenge is voluntary, but BLM firefighters are encouraged to participate. Participants are tested in four basic exercises: push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a timed run of either 1.5 or 3.0 miles. Test results are compiled into a final overall score. High achievers are recognized by the BLM annually.

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.

Wind River / Bighorn Basin District Office   101 South 23rd      PO Box 119      Worland, WY 82401-0119  

Last updated: 06-05-2009