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NMVFD Trains At Local Gym

By Staff | Jan 18, 2017

Photo provided Members of the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department pose for a photo while at Anytime Fitness, where the fitness center held a special training just for the local fire department on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Manual labor and breaking a sweat isn’t something that is necessarily foreign to local volunteer firefighters. Yet, the hardworking men and women of New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department went the extra mile (or two) this past Saturday, Jan. 14 when they took part in a special training session at New Martinsville’s Anytime Fitness.

“We were excited to host a training just for our local fire department! Nothing is better than helping serve those who work so hard to serve us (our community),” noted the local gym.

NMVFD’s training officer, Lieutenant Michael Smith, organized the fitness group training with Anytime Fitness for the members of the NMVFD.

He stated, “Most line of duty accidents/deaths are related to the health and fitness of the firefighter. Training with Janea, Anytime Fitness Director of Training, is just the first step in many of us making lifestyle changes. Not only to benefit our lives, but to better our service to our community.”

According to a statement from Anytime Fitness, “We showed our firefighters that fitness can be fun! Many laughs were had, and many drops of sweat were shed… NMVFD, we seriously appreciate every single one of you and what you do. We are grateful to be a part of your day, and most importantly, your fitness journey. We are excited to work with you again. Together, we are stronger.”

Fire Chief Rick Myers, stated “I loved it! I want us to come together and do this every month.”

In other news, Anytime Fitness has further partnered with first responders by spearheading a fundraising campaign to raise enough money for a memorial plaque for the late K9 Officer Kenny.

The K-9 served the citizens of New Martinsville for more than four years and was credited with hundreds of drug arrests and drug seizures.

Anytime Fitness, via its Facebook page at “Anytime Fitness New Martinsville” said it was a blessing to be able to do something for police and firefighters in the same week.”