Meet Jordan Ponder
Jordan Ponder is a 13 year veteran EMT-B practicing as a Captain for the Milwaukee Fire Department. As the Lead Peer Fitness Trainer for MFD and campaign director of FD-PT, he educates emergency responders on how they can reduce injuries by preparing for the demands of emergency scenes in new and fun ways.
Jordan founded FD-PT with the mission of improving firefighter wellness and safety while also impacting department bottom-lines. Through FD-PT workshops, certifications, and extended consulting, Jordan is able to change the lives of firefighters and the culture around wellness within departments.
In addition to teaching at FDIC, Jordan is also a contributing writer to Fire-Rescue Magazine, where he promotes emergency responder safety.
Alongside his NASM and ACE certification, he holds multiple modality and functional fitness certifications as well as competing as a WNBF professional bodybuilder.
“FD-PT is committed to reducing injury risk while improving the cardiovascular condition of firefighters. That’s FD-PT’s mission.“
Jordan Ponder, Founder of FD-PT
Events and Press
DVRT Tactical Program
Josh Henkins, creator of Ultimate Sandbag, will be developing and filming a new Tactical Fitness program end of February. Jordan is honored to be able to participate in this at their home base in AZ. Warm weather here we come!
Jordan and Engine 30 were recently featured on Today’s TMJ4. The report takes a look at the typical day in the life of a Milwaukee firefighter. See Jordan in action!
Fox6 News Story
The complete makeover of the health and wellness program within the Milwaukee Fire Department is the subject of this Fox6 News story featuring Jordan Ponder. Check it out!
More About Jordan
Milwaukee Fire Department Firefighter (2003 – 2010)
Emergency Crisis Management, EMT Basic, AHA CPR Certified, HAZMAT Level 1, Firefighter Level 1, Firefighter Level 2
Milwaukee Fire Department Lieutenant (2010 – 2014)
Ranking Company Officer of Engine/Truck, Emergency Crisis Management, EMT Basic, AHA CPR Certified, HAZMAT Level 1, Firefighter Level 1, Firefighter Level 2, Fire Instructor, ISO
Milwaukee Fire Department Captain (2014 – Present)
House Captain for multiple fire houses, Ranking Company Officer of Engine/Truck, Emergency Crisis Management, EMT Basic, AHA CPR Certified, HAZMAT Level 1, Firefighter Level 1, Firefighter Level 2, Fire Instructor, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer 1, ICS 200, 300 and 400
Milwaukee Fire Department Lead Fitness and Wellness Trainer (2011 – Present)
Recruiting elite trainers, Program Design and Direction, Equipment ordering, Leading Firefighter Interval Training Boot Camps, Functional Integrated Interval Training, Assessing and Mentoring aspiring Personal Firefighter Trainers, Conducting Trainer Trainings, Teaching Health and Wellness Classes, Directing Functional Motion Screens, Filming Foundational workout videos, Purchasing and managing workout equipment, Gathering quotes for workout equipment, Assisting with grant writing, Selling the idea of Functional/Specificity training to stubborn Firefighters, One on One consultations, Body Fat assessments, Firefighter Combine Assessment, Establishing Sectors of Milwaukee Fire Department Health and Wellness Program, Mentor to local departments seeking participation with MFD’s Health and Wellness Initiative
ACE Certification (2011)
TRX Level 1 Instructor Course (2011)
TRX Level 2 Instructor Course (2012)
TRX Level 3 Instructor Course (2012)
Dynamic Variable Resistance Training Level 1, 2 and Master Certification (2012-2013)
Reactive Resistance Band Training Level 1 (2011)
Reactive Resistance Band Training Level 2 (2012)
RBT 360 Certified (2015)
MovNat Level 1 Certification (2015)
Head Fitness Designer for Milwaukee Fire Department Bureau of Instruction and Training
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Milwaukee Fire Department
Pre-Cadet Assessment Corrective Movement Specialist (2012 – Present)
Lead Fitness Instructor for Wisconsin EMS Conference
FDIC Instructor: Long Term Injury Prevention
WEMSA Instructor: Stop Working Out
Lead Fitness Contributor for Urban Firefighter Magazine
Lead Fitness Contributor for FireRescue Magazine
Lead Fitness Contributor for Wisconsin EMS Publication
TSAC NSCA Publication Contributor
Inaugural Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Director
The First Twenty Fitness Advisory Board Member
Wisconsin State Fair Physique Head Judge
Lululemon League Member
CVMIC Insurance Tactical Fitness Trainer
South Milwaukee Functional Movement Specialist
Chippewa Valley Technical College Instructor
Kenosha Fire Department Adjunct Instructor
13 years Natural Competitive Bodybuilding
2012 Midwest Muscle Classic
Heavyweight Champion and Best Poser
2012 Central USA Natural Bodybuilding
Heavyweight Champion, Best Poser and Best Legs
2013 WNBF Natural Professional Bodybuilding
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