South Whatcom Fire Authority is the 4th recipient of the “Strength Is
Our Foundation” firefighter fitness equipment grant. The grant, awarded by 5-5-5 Fitness,
provides a fitness equipment package to fire departments that lack access to existing facilities
with the hopes of reducing the number of firefighter injuries and line of duty deaths.
South Whatcom Fire Authority serves the communities of Geneva, Sudden Valley, Yew Street,
Lake Samish, and Chuckanut with five fire stations. A combination of career and volunteer
members provide 24 hour staffing for responses to fire, emergency medical services and special
rescue calls. The fitness equipment will be housed at two 24-hour staffed stations, Geneva and
Samish Way. The fitness equipment will also be used at weekly Wednesday night workouts put
on by department members who encourage all members to come workout together to build
strength, endurance, and camaraderie.
5-5-5 Fitness and their partner, Again Faster Equipment, provided South Whatcom Fire
Authority with two 45lb. Olympic barbells, 370lbs. in weightlifting plates, a gymnastics ring
package, 53lb. kettlebell, 20lb. medicine ball, and a rowing machine from Concept 2. Sponsors
for the grant included: Fit Aid Beverage sent 2 cases of fit aid for post-workout recovery, Top
Secret Nutrition sent several boxes of pre-workout supplements, and Topricin Healing Creams
sent natural pain relief creams to help relieve pain from sore muscles.