Staying Physically Fit

A good way to prepare yourself for this demanding profession is to maintain or improve your overall physical fitness. A suitable weight training program is a good place to begin. People of smaller stature should consider a specific program to develop upper body strength. Playing organized team sports will also increase your power and endurance, while giving you practice at being a team player.

There’s no getting around it, firefighting is a physically strenuous job. The stress and sheer physical demand are tremendous and good health is not just an added benefit, it’s a job requirement. The first and most important test most prospective firefighters take is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

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