Fitness Tips from a Backcountry Firefighter in Telluride, Colorado
In the summer, Dan Curtis goes up against unchecked wildfires. In the winter, he watches for avalanches with the Telluride Ski Patrol. Here’s how he maintains his fitness and nutrition to stay sharp, no matter what the elements throw at him.
FOR THE LAST 13 years, Dan Curtis has made a career out of facing down Colorado wildfires.
The Telluride-based firefighter has served as fire captain and EMT with the Telluride Fire Protection District. He’s also a member of the Telluride Wildland Team, a certified crew boss, and a “faller”—the technical term for a wilderness firefighter who takes down trees to manage wildfires before they get any worse.
“Our wildland fire team responds to local and national fires. We’ve traveled to Texas, Utah, Montana, and California,” he says. With all firefighting duties—treading through dense forest, hauling lumber, and responding to some of the 1,000 calls the departments receives per year—Curtis has to stay fit, but flexible.
Here are some of his workout tips that he uses stay sharp in the face of extreme heat, bitter cold, and everything in between.
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