Carl Froch (centre) with Tug Davies and North Fire's Oliver North
A FIRM in the Holme Valley is packing a punch with boxer Carl Froch – by putting him through his paces with some of the firefighters the company supplies with safety equipment.
Brockholes-based North Fire arranged for the WBC world super middleweight champion to try out the latest piece of equipment used by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to monitor firefighter fitness levels.
Carl worked out on the exercise bike while hooked up to a gas analyser – a portable unit that measures aerobic capacity. The analyser is used to ensure firefighters are fit enough for operational duties, whether they are new to the service, returning from illness or injury or as part of routine annual fitness tests.
The gas analyser has been introduced because of its extremely high level of accuracy when assessing aerobic capacity.
The fire service’s fitness advisor, Tug Davies, said: “Firefighter fitness is extremely important, both to the firefighters themselves and to us as an organisation.
“In the past, we have used various different methods for testing aerobic capacity but they can have a standard deviation of up to 15% with regard to accuracy.
“The gas analyser has a standard deviation of just 1% making it much more accurate and this is particularly important where personnel are borderline pass or fail. It means that those who are fit enough for operational duties are not taken ‘off the run’ unnecessarily, while those who need to improve can be identified and given the support to get them back to full operational fitness as soon as possible.”
Carl’s visit to his local fire station has been made possible by North Fire, one of his sponsors. The firm has supplied firefighter helmets and other equipment to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for the past three years.
Managing director Oliver North said:
“Carl really enjoyed putting his own personal fitness to the test while giving the Nottinghamshire firefighters some tips on how they can stay fighting fit and at the top of their game.”
North Fire was set up in 2008 to promote and support aerial appliances and fire fighting equipment manufactured and supplied by Rosenbauer International AG amongst municipal, industrial and airport fire and rescue services.