ROBINSON, TX — The Volunteer Fireman's Insurance Services has awarded a $2,500 health and wellness grant to the Robinson Volunteer Fire Department.
The grant will be used to replace outdated workout equipment at the city's fire station.
The leading cause for firefighter deaths is sudden cardiac arrest.
Firefighters use a lot of energy during emergency calls. A firefighter can exert as much energy during an emergency call as a professional football player during an entire game.
The ability for these volunteers to stay fit not only benefits themselves, but the community as well.
"By our firefighters being physically fit and our police officers being able to utilize the equipment, that just keeps us always at a moment's notice on the ready to go whenever the community needs us," said Stephen Sullivan, a captain in the Robinson Volunteer Fire Department.
Police officers for the City of Robinson are also able to use the equipment in the fire station. Volunteer firefighters and police officers have access to the exercise equipment 24-hours a day.
The Golinda and Lacy-Lakeview Volunteer Fire Departments were also awarded the health and wellness grant.