Can Be Small And Be A Firefighter by Juliet Draper
You'll never hear,"you're too small" from me. It is true
that you must work extremely hard to achieve your goal. You seem
to have a great attitude and that is half the battle.
You must find out what the physical ability test will be like.
When you get that info you can then taylor your training more specifically.
As for general conditioning for firefighting, most tests will have
you running up flights of stairs and carrying gear.
For starters find yourself several flights of stairs and start
running for at least 3-4 times per week. After a few weeks put on
a backpack full of books for greater resistance. gradually add time
and weight until you can go for 45 mins carrying 75lbs. That is
the approximate weight of full gear. Also, make sure that you can
do plenty of push ups, sit ups, chin ups and run at least 3 miles.
This will help you during the fire academy.
For many smaller people (men and women) upper body strength can
be an issue. Free weights give much more bang for the buck. If you
don't have any gym experience, check out a book called Getting Stronger
by Bill Pearl. This book contains a zillion different exercises
for all body parts with illustrations.
If you can, find a trainer (high school and college sport coaches
work very well and are usually cheap or free.) Hands on guidance
always yeilds faster results. Also, don't neglect the written and
interview portions of the testing process.
Check out test prep books and look up fire service interviewing
on the net. The more information you have the better off you'll