Broward fire fighters are finding a way to loosen up and relax -- they're doing yoga!
“This yoga is definitely great for stretching and for cleansing the mind, kind of getting rid of the stress. Great for flexibility,” said Jo-Ann Lorber, a battalion chief for Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue, in an interview with NBC 6.
And there’s a deeper purpose behind the deep breathing – it helps firefighters stay well.
That's why the Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue is putting their crews through a four-day yoga training course. It will condition and train fire fighters like tactical athletes, and is tailored to keep them in top form – both mind and body.
The programs started in Boston before coming to South Florida.
Fire chiefs say they’re already noticing results: “What we’re seeing is better preparation, better ability to perform and also reducing our injuries,” said Asst. Fire Chief Todd LeDuc of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
“We’re out there doing things for the public but we sometimes forget that we have to take care of ourselves, so this kinda brings it all back into reality,” said a firefighter.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s goal is to get all 750 firefighters to through the program.