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Photo session with new Director of Operations Ashley Cote. Photos by Fred Troilo

Ashley Cote
Photo session with new Director of Operations Ashley Cote. Photos by Fred Troilo

We are honored to announce our new Director of Operations for All Hands Working. Ashley Cote brings with her a wealth of information in the area of health and wellness. Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Many of the job duties and training she has experienced mimic those of a first responder. Ashley is the wife of Riley Cote who was instrumental in the forming of our hockey team, the Keystone Coyotes. Welcome aboard Ashley and thank you for supporting our firefighters!

Special shoot today for @all_hands_working So proud and excited to be a part of this amazing team #firefighters #charity #health #wellness #nutrition

Our Co Founder Danny Watkins has officially retired from the game of Football. Danny has the type of personality in which he gives everything he possibly can. He did not live up to the expectations that are placed on a first round draft pick, but he never lost sight of who he was as a person. Passion and the courage to follow your calling in life are two traits that separate the leader from the follower.


Former Eagles first rounder Danny Watkins leaves NFL, returns to firefighting
One year after being released by the Eagles, Watkins leaves the NFL to return to firefighting.

Heart attacks among firefighters account for an overwhelming number of line of duty deaths. Why? To answer this question you must first take a look at the fire service in sections.

Most people have no idea that the firehouse down the street is more than likely not occupied at this second. How could that be? Doesn't every firehouse have a fully staffed truck just waiting for the 9-1-1 caller? The simple answer to this question is NO. Most of the fire service is comprised of volunteer firefighters. Every city and region in the United States is divided by County, Municipality, Township, Parish, or one of countless other synonyms. The tax funds that are raised are then broken even further down based upon districts, municipalities, and other identifying titles.

What does that mean to the fire service? This means that a small percentage of the taxes that we pay make it to the firefighters. Believe it or not some departments rely totally on the funds that firefighters raise. Fire Trucks, Engines, Personal Protective Equipment, Tools, and countless other expenses take up a majority of funds. This leaves many departments unable to hire personnel and they rely on volunteers to staff the trucks. This would then mean that the men and women that respond to your emergency also work a full time job and have family obligations to take care of, but donate time to serve the community.

Now add into the equation that a firefighter has no idea of knowing when the emergency call will come in to the stations, nor does he/she know what they will have to do on the call. A firefighter may have to extricate somebody from a car with tools that weigh in excess of 50 pounds, lift and drag people and heavy objects, work in extreme conditions, and quite possibly do all of this on the same emergency call. Now add in the time commitment involved with training, maintenance of the equipment, and community events. Career firefighters perform every task previously mentioned as well as property inspections and department tasks.

The question of why heart attacks are the number one killer of firefighters is actually quite simple to answer. Firefighters wear in excess of 55 lbs and perform work in hostile environments. Firefighters carry equipment and hoses that weigh in excess of 50 lbs. This would then equate to a man or woman carrying over 100 lbs of extra weight on their person. Starting to understand?

I will take it one step further so that you can completely grasp the reason of why firefighters are dying and suffering injuries due to heart attacks and over exertion. When a man or woman decides to pursue the job of a firefighter several different career routes exist. You could either enter through the ranks as a volunteer or you could take a test and get hired by a city department. Both of these routes will require an academy or training class to meet minimum qualifications. Minimum qualifications will require you to do the job of a firefighter and accomplish tasks to prove you have grasped a proficient level at training. Clearly this would mean that topics such as nutrition, health and fitness, workout techniques, and related subjects would be covered in detail right? The answer is NO. Firefighters that are hired through a testing process may or may not go through an academy that will include an intensive fitness regimen, but overwhelmingly the answer is firefighters are not taught how to properly prepare the mind and body to face the tasks of the job.

Most fire departments do not have access to physical fitness equipment and even less have a staff member trained on teaching techniques. In contrast professional athletes have a complete sports science staff that has the sole responsibility of keeping athletes in good shape. Why mention this? Firefighters experience the same spikes in adrenalin and insulin release that an athlete experiences during peak performance at a sporting event. Firefighters operate at 90% of lung and heart capacity while performing the job. Would you expect the star quarterback of your favorite football team to play offense and defense? Would you boo and scream for the head coach to be fired if the quarterback was not given access to fitness equipment to prepare during the season?

All Hands Working would like to issue a challenge of our own:

Instead of dumping cold water or ice on your head to donate to your charity of choice, invest in the men and women that are protecting you while you sleep. Donate to your local fire department, vote for the fire budget, and help All Hands Working by making a donation. All funds that are raised by All Hands Working go to training, and fitness equipment for firefighters. 100% volunteer organization. No paid staff and no administrative costs beyond what is absolutely necessary to fund grants. Can the organization that you are donating to say that?

Invest in your firefighters!

Record a video that simply states the following: I will walk or run a mile to support firefighter health and wellness. I challenge you to do the same. (Then nominate 3 friends) Firefighters are worth the investment. Donations accepted at www.allhandsworking.org

Awareness, Education, and Equipment

We have seen cold water challenges, ice bucket challenges, and other trends that are designed to raise money for charities. Please be safe when conducting challenges and pray for the firefighters that were injured in this incident.


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