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  • Pre-academy training tips?

    I'm starting academy in October. I passed the CPAT without difficulty (although it wasn't EASY as some suggest).

    This month I want to focus on training specifically for the academy. I have spent time on the stair master and intend to continue, but what else should I focus on? Running? Push-ups? Legs or arms? Core strength?

    I know - everything is important for academy. But given a month to train, how can I make the best use of my time?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Just because you passed the physical agility doesn?t mean you are ready for the fire academy. Whether you agree or not, the physical agility has been watered down to be politically correct. Departments know this. So, the training division is going to put you through the wringer to make sure you can do the job before you go on line.

    Showing up at the academy is not the time to start getting ready. You need to be in shape and hit the ground running. I often get calls from candidates asking what do I do now? They have been let go from the academy. It?s tough enough getting a job. Keeping it can be a challenge. If you are let go by one department, it is going to be difficult if not impossible to get another department to take a chance on you.

    Your biggest asset will be cardio and more cardio

    It?s not just the physical part. You have to pass every segment of the academy including the final test to demonstrate you can function in the field. It?s not uncommon to have a group of candidates let go in the final two weeks of the academy because they can?t master ladder throws, repel or operate the equipment. More than one candidate has been let go because they couldn?t start the chain saw, operate the jaws or struggled on the drill ground in the final test.


    Nothing will **** of the training staff more than you telling them a better way to do something. How you did it in your FF1 academy, reserve or other department. The only task you need to focus on is how they do it in this department. Training divisions are their own kingdoms. This is not a democracy! You have no time or opinion.

    It is devastating to be let go, especially if you have already been through a college fire academy. You have been dropped as your classmates are getting dressed up in their class A uniforms (about the only time they will ever wear it, except for funerals) heading for their badge ceremony.
    It starts with instructors from the academy taking you aside and pointing out the problems you are having. If you don?t improve, they will meet you again with other members of the training staff and document the meeting. The writing is on the wall if things don?t improve. Candidates that get to this point start to panic. This can affect their other skills. Things they already know and have mastered become difficult. Instead of dropping back and taking a different mindset, they start to panic and withdraw. Too many candidates in this situation would rather go below and fall on their sword before they will ask for help. This is the time to ask for help, extra training, and check in with those who have gone before them. I usually get the call after they have taken the option to resign instead of being fired. My first question is why didn?t you call me earlier? Well, I didn?t think it was that bad.
    Here are some of the incidents where candidates were let go:

    A candidate shows up at an academy overweight even though he knows they will run 3 miles a day, he can?t. Result. They run him into the ground the first week.

    Another candidate is given an order to get a Philips screwdriver from the toolbox. After several minutes at the toolbox, he admits he doesn?t know what a Philips screwdriver is. Hard to believe. Oh, I forgot, they have dropped the mechanical aptitude from the written and added in psych questions. Result: Lack of mechanical ability cost this candidate a badge.

    Even though this candidate had been through two academies, he starts having trouble with ladder throws. He has done this successfully 100?s of times. But, now he starts doing a mind screw on himself. It gets worse. He is counseled. Then again. Result: Booted from the academy. The good news is we worked with this candidate, regrouped, he got in better shape, worked out a reasonable explanation, accepting the blame, why it happened and would never happen again. He was picked up by another agency and is wearing a badge.

    Another recruit knew he had to lose weight for the academy. He did not reach his goal. His weight caught up with him trying to hump hose up the tower with a SCBA. Result: Got his marching orders because he didn?t have the wind to complete this tough academy. Good news again. Regrouped, lost the weight and convinced a department with an easier academy he would be an asset.

    Trying to come back and rejoin this candidate?s academy too early after a drill tower accident only made the injury worse. When the recruit could not keep up and refused to accept the opportunity to go through the next academy was let go. Another one of those, why didn?t you call me first beauties. Even a lawsuit did not regain a chance at a badge.

    A candidate did call me when he was having problems repelling off the tower. He would get upside down just before the net. A little mind drill exercise corrected the problem.

    ?The worst mistake is to have the best ladder at the wrong wall.? Donald Rumsfeld

    "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

    More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire ?Captain Bob? Articles here:


    http://www.firehouse.com/contact/10544410/bob-smith

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    Last edited by CaptBob; 09-17-2016, 12:21 AM.
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    More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:
    http://www.firehouse.com/contact/10544410/bob-smith


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      • #4
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