David Wurtzel

David Wurtzel

Founder of The First Twenty / Volunteer Firefighter / Two Time World Champion

As a nationally recognized expert in the field of spiritual resilience and community health, Dave’s distinguished career includes the building and implementation of holistic fitness and performance programs for firefighters and first responders throughout the country. These groundbreaking programs have been awarded clinical trials by both FEMA and The National Institute of Health and are used by the US Forest Service and the US Air Force Fire Emergency Service.

David is founder of The First Twenty, a nonprofit dedicated to the health and wellness of America’s firefighters and first responders. First Twenty programs serve over 50,000 first responders nationwide and are used by  Fire and Police Departments throughout the country including the cities of Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

In his almost two decades of on-the -ob experience, David served as both a structural and wildland firefighter. He received a Merit Award for valor in 2009 and is currently the reigning and two-time Firefighter Combat Challenge World Champion in the Over 50 relay, winning in both 2017 and 2018 and Police Departments throughout the country including the cities of Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia.