The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


New Fire Service Course Helps Firefighters Become 'Fit for Duty'

DALLAS - The first class of the Fire Service Fitness Specialist Course held at The Cooper Institute addressed the fitness of one of the most physically demanding professions - firefighters. In 2005, more than 47 U.S. firefighter deaths were stress-related and of those, 40 were classified as sudden cardiac deaths. Additionally, an estimated 80,100 firefighters were injured in the line of duty in 2005, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2004. (National Fire Protection Association, NFPA,

The Cooper Institute Fire Service Fitness Specialist Course aims to combat those injuries and preventable deaths by teaching the necessary training in fitness leadership and technical skills. In addition to education on anatomy; resistance and cardiovascular training; and nutrition, specific lectures on lower back health and the new NFPA fire standards - NFPA 1582 and NFPA 1583 - are included. The attendees also undergo fitness assessments and some medical screenings.

"It has always been important for us to make the most up-to-date fitness information available to our firefighters," said Lt. Joel Lavender, Dallas Fire-Rescue. "The Cooper Institute's reputation in providing quality education in fitness training makes them a logical partner for us."

The Cooper Institute's classes are frequently offered to military, government and law enforcement agencies including the Navy, IRS, and regional law enforcement departments across the United States, but this is the first time a course has been customized to concentrate on the demands placed on firefighters.


"We are extremely excited to build on our expertise in servicing law enforcement and military fitness leaders to specifically address hazards and fitness issues affecting the fire service community," said Roger Reynolds, Director of Contract Relations at The Cooper Institute.

The next Fire Service Fitness Specialist Course will be offered February 18-22 and August 25-29, 2008. The cost to attend a course in Dallas is $695. Fire Service Departments interested in participating in this course may contact Ashley Martin at (800) 635-7050 or register for the course at the link above.


Kenneth Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. is the founder of The Cooper Institute.  During his 13 years of military service, Dr. Cooper worked with the National Aeronautics Space Administration in conditioning America’s astronauts for space. He developed the 12-minute and 1.5-mile fitness tests and the Aerobics Point System, all used today by military organizations, amateur and professional athletic teams, law enforcement agencies, and many public schools and universities all over the world. Two years after the publication of Aerobics (1968), Dr. Cooper pursued full-time exploration of the relationship between cardiovascular fitness and health and longevity. The Cooper Institute, founded in 1970, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and education facility committed to educating and certifying fitness and health leaders worldwide. The Cooper Institute offers over 20 courses in Dallas or at your site and numerous fitness tools including books and DVDs.  The Cooper Institute Personal Trainer Certification Exam (CI-CPT) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).