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January 30, 2014

Firemen stay fit with new facility

Gainesville — Thanks to local businessman Brian Winters of Gainesville Glass Company, Fire Station 1 located at 201 Santa Fe St. in Gainesville, received assistance in turning an empty space at the station into a designated workout facility designed to keep the emergency personnel in good physical condition as required by their strenuous job responsibilities.

 Winters, owner of Gainesville Glass, was approached by the station regarding necessary mirrors in the evolving gym space located upstairs over the firehouse bays.

“The guys came to ask me to check out the cost for mirrors in their workout area,” Winters said. “When I heard that they were taking on the renovation themselves, I was excited to be able to assist them and give back to the community that has given so much to me.”

Winters said in the past two years, the Gainesville Fire Department had responded to a fire next door to his business that saved his facility and to a separate fire incident at his home.

 He not only supplied the mirrors for the walls in the gym area but also agreed to handle the installation.

Station 1 driver Tony Dresser said they did not expect this  and it was greatly appreciated since the guys had spent lots of time working on the renovation  and were looking forward to turning an unused space into one that could be used by the entire station. By doing the renovations themselves, Dresser said the firemen saved $1,500.

“We did most of the work ourselves by hanging sheetrock, taping and bedding and painting,” Dresser said. “We have been able to accumulate some equipment and the room works out well for us.”

“We have a good attitude about doing for ourselves and try to save the city money whenever possible.”

“Most of the guys have good building and carpentry skills and working on this project builds team work and camaraderie,” Dresser continued.

 Dresser said that an annual report by the U.S. Fire Administration stated that 87 firefighters had died while on duty in 2010 and that 50 of these firefighters had died as a result of a heart attack.

Because of this, fire departments have now set up work out rooms and developed rigorous routines to stay in shape and maintain better health with exercise.

“It is very important that we stay in shape,” Dresser said. “It is not only important for us personally but also it enables us to be better able to serve our community.”

  “We have a designated cardiovascular and workout program and plan to put our new area to good use,” he continued. “We are very appreciative to Brian Winters and Gainesville Glass Company for their generosity.”

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