Health and Wellness

Everyday EMS Athlete Profile: Joshua Dixon

EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by Joshua Dixon, Paramedic/Firefighter.

Q: What is your EMS job?

Second generation paramedic firefighter for Augusta County Fire and Rescue in Augusta County Virginia.


Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?

To play football in the NPSFL (National Public Safety Football League) and try to exercise at least 3 times a week off duty and do at least some exercise when I’m at the firehouse.
Q: Do you have a race or accomplishments you are particularly proud of?

After going into SVT a few times I stopped focusing so much on muscle strengthening and started doing more cardio activities.

Q: What are your tips for other EMS professionals to balance work and fitness?

It’s easy to fall into a trap of being lazy but the first step is the hardest. Remember if something happens to you, it’s not just you that needs help, you’ve now put your partner in a difficult situation

Q: Is there anything additional you would like to share?

The football team I play for raises money towards cancer charities. The players pay a yearly due to pay for uniforms and traveling dues as well as a facility to play at.

Here is the link to the team’s page:


The money raised in ticket sales as well as apparel is donated to two separate cancer charities based off the deaths of a police officer and firefighter in relation to cancer.

All Everyday EMS Athletes featured in this column receive a gift card from Road ID. Check out the Road ID information for First Responders. View past columns and submit your profile at the Everyday EMS Athlete page

By Greg

Elearning designer, writer, podcaster, blogger, presenter and paramedic. To relax I run and bike as far and as fast as I can. Also like to read a lot and fast.