Changes to Joint Fire/EMS Training Academy
The Department along with the Wauwatosa and West Allis Fire Departments are implementing changes to the Joint Fire/EMS Training Academy Schedule to address recent experiences that recruits had with Rhabdomyolysis and knee injuries.
Rhabdomyolysis is a significant degradation of muscle fiber throughout the body. The Renal System eventually becomes overwhelmed and the kidneys reduce their functionality. Rhabdomyolysis is identified by increased muscle pain, trouble with range of motion and dark red/brown urine. All three Departments that participate in the Joint Fire/EMS Training Academy met with Dr. Kyle Ebersole from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his staff several times to identify ways to reduce the chances that recruits are affected by Rhabdomyolysis and how to improve the training academy routine. In the Fall 2018 Class, recruits will be required to go through a educational program on the disease, its risk factors, signs and symptoms and ways to reduce the risk of experiencing it. Processes are being put in place for the recruits to monitor their daily fluid intake, heart rate and weight and for increased intake of a supplement called Cytocarb and proteins.
The physical training course is being reduced to one day per week and has been redesigned to incorporate custom station based training. Additional rehabilitation sessions are being built into the day and new rehab fans, misters and chairs will be made available for the recruits.