Firefighter Physical Training Requirements

The firefighter physical training requirements are as varied as you could imagine. Some believe the best way to train to become a firefighter is to work out with heavy weights. I advocate a combination of strength and fitness. Standard firefighting equipment is heavy and cumbersome. A Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) weighs roughly 50 pounds. A 50 foot length of 3 inch hose also weighs 50 pounds and firefighter turnout gear adds another fifteen pounds. It’s not uncommon to be wearing over 100 pounds while climbing stairs Continue reading →