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5/19/12 9:20 A

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This thread is over two years old and VABCHLOSER never came back to say if they went through the training. When I saw it was a seven-month course I was surprised at first and then realized it must be a weekends only course. When I did my rookie training in 1970, it was 8-10 weeks, five-days a week, 8-9 hours a day. I was fresh out of the Army and in good shape. People not in good shape got weeded out in the agility tests with the entrance exam process.

We had a strict weight policy and if you went overweight, you got no promotions or pro-pay. I think it was a good policy and did keep a lot of people healthy.

I think a daily PT workout on the job is good for slower stations that do not get several calls a day on a routine basis.

Not being real fit as a firefighter makes it harder to do the job and others have to pick up your slack when you fall behind.

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11/24/10 12:14 P

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I am lucky, on my shift we all try to stay healthy. One of my guys goes to Crossfit almost everyday, and I make sure the other has time during the day to workout. I usually am at the gym by 5am before I go on duty to workout.

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9/10/10 8:47 P

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occasionally at our department we make up drills that is done in full gear that consisy of like using a axe on one huge tree that was chopped down, climb the ladder so many in a row, row up hoses, lift hoses on a pulley and like either pull another fireman or our dummy we made up and that fireman weighs 200 pounds dragged across the fire department floor. They say it is not a contest but it always ends up being one.It's alot of fun but getting out of the gear is no problem one is there with a drink and two men to get you out of enough gear to keep you from passing out.

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12/4/09 8:49 P

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oooops wrong place to post....

Edited by: ERINLINDZ at: 12/4/2009 (20:51)
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12/3/09 11:02 A

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If I can do it, so can you. I see a similarity between our personalities - both head strong and don't take NO for an answer! You will excel - keep us all posted!

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12/1/09 10:30 A

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Thanks!! Today is December 1st, so I'm picking myself up off the November floor and I'm making good things happen :)

I appreciate it!

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11/30/09 1:51 P

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Yes the academy is tough. I am a Volunteer, went through the academy about 10 years ago and it kicked my butt back then (parts of it). I'm 40 years old and only 5' tall...yes the height makes some things more difficult, but NOT impossible.

Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it and have faith. Keep training doing cardio and weight training. You can do it.

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7/17/09 8:33 P

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Our dept occasionally dresses in full gear minus the SCBA and goes on a one mile walk at training school. It makes me so mad becasue I think I 'm improving on my cardio and then we do that and I'm near the end of the line... grumbling and cussing myself that I have to work harder on cardio. but I forget how much extra sweat i produce wearing all that gear. thanks for the reminder FIRENUT

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7/17/09 9:54 A

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Don't be sorry...this is what I was looking for...tks :)

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7/17/09 9:46 A

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This is a mis-conception by a lot of people that think they have their stamina in perspective. A lot of people have a good endurance till you put them in Bunker gear, SCBA and put them in a very hot environment. The heat sucks the energy right out of you. Get on the treadmill or jog outside wearing heavy clothing and that will help some. Luckly on a real fire your adrenaline kicks in. Put you need to work extra hard in endurance to make up for the heat factor. Keep up the good work. Just more to think about. Sorry

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7/16/09 10:05 P

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Welp...I just got a gym membership and got my upper body routine today...how pathetic I am!! Got the cardio/stamina under control, just have to ramp it up :)

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7/16/09 3:06 P

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I'm at the same department as Erin, so I don't have any personal experience with an academy. But, from my experience, the 2 things that I find wearing out the fastest is upper body and general stamina. Working ladders, fully charged hose lines, training dummies, etc really test your upper body strength. Do lots of cardio to get your stamina up. Remember to keep hydrated so you stay in the habit.

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7/16/09 6:25 A

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Yes, thanks! I am sucking up the info...I just joined a gym because my upper body strength is pathetic and they also have something like a stair machine, but not quite.

I am open to more info too if anyone has it!

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7/15/09 10:28 P

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Fjeepers,

Leg strength is good but upper body strength is very important. Start doing push-ups, pull-ups, etc. Work on any fears such as heights. Also claustrophobis because of wearing the SCBA in a zero visibility can freak some people out. Trust me, even with strong legs you will feel it when is comes to ladder training. So do plenty of stair work.

Hope this helps a little and good luck.

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7/14/09 9:27 P

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I would love to help but I work for a small municipality and didn't have to go through an academy for my job. I went the the Local Trade school and got My FF1 and then volunteer until a position was open at the FD I was volunteering at. I got really mad at myself last month when I couldn't get from a squat position to standing position doing a two man FF carry. My gear has part to do with it though but a lot to do with me.

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7/14/09 5:30 P

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Okay, I was SURE this question would be asked all the time, but I don't see it (if it's here, just point me in the right direction)!

I'm thinking about taking the FF written test this fall. I work for the civilian part of the police department, so I have a great "in" with the FF higher ups. I write policy, do 800 mhz radio stuff, etc. Anyway, I'm not schmoozing my way in, I'm just saying I have a way to get to the FF academy for help, etc BEFORE the actual application.

The REAL question here is this: I am a female, 35, 40 lbs overweight. I'm steady losing though and I figure the academy probably won't start until at least the end of this year....I've got plenty of time.

**What level of fitness do you think you should have before entering the seven month academy?**

I can run 3 miles at a 12 min pace...I can bike quite well...so I'm good with leg strength, although I could still have more stamina.

I guess the question really is...if you're not so fit before you start, is it going to kill you? Anyway, whatever input you could give, I'd like. Please feel free to flog me if I messed some terminology up here!!

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