EMS fitness advocate Bryan Fass, BA, ATCL, CSCS, NREMT-P—a well-known speaker, author, educator, and evangelist for injury prevention and provider safety—died suddenly on Sept. 16 at age 46.
Known for his Fit Responder programs and blog, Fass wrote frequently on fitness and wellness topics for EMS World and other industry publications. He led a risk-reduction workshop for EMS safety officers at the 2018 EMS World Expo in Nashville and last week appeared at the EMSpire Conference in North Carolina.
With a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine, Fass was certified as a licensed athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He was also a paramedic for more than eight years. He authored four books on fitness, wellness, and human performance.
Tributes came quickly on social media:
@FitResponder was a friend and colleague who mentored me in provider safety and professional growth. He will be missed, and his loss will be felt throughout the profession for years. Bryan was a true professional.
—Kevin Collopy, Twitter
Rest in peace, Bryan Fass. Thank you for your tireless dedication to the health of EMS providers across the country through your work at @FitResponder. You will be sorely missed.
—American Ambulance Association, Twitter
Bryan, thank you for your time, effort, and passion in ensuring we all make it a safe, healthy career. I am truly at a loss for words about your untimely passing. To your family and all who knew you, peace, love, and may we carry on what you started!
—Gary Pomerleau, Facebook
Wrote Greg Friese on EMS1:
Bryan had a deep, unwavering, and persistent commitment to our safety, health, and wellness. He believed every EMS provider was a tactical athlete that had to be ready for the constant fitness and ergonomic challenges of EMS work. In Bryan’s words, we are people movers who secondarily provide patient care. Bryan wanted us all to be effective at lifting and moving people for our own safety, career longevity, and to benefit our patients.
According to a Facebook post from Fass’ sister, Debbie Fass Wierzbicki, a funeral will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. ET at Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman in Davidson, N.C.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to support the college education of Fass’ son, Kevin. Donate through the McIntosh Law Firm Trust Account for the Benefit of Kevin Fass, P.O. Box 2270, Davidson N.C., 28036.
Condolences for the family may be sent to 519 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C., 28036.