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    Hi there everyone, I am looking for some advice on training for my physical abilities test in January, there are two parts to the test the first being a 2 mile walk in SCBA in under 30 minutes, the second is a full evolution involving climbing 5 stories equipped with an SCBA and high-rise pack of 2? hose, a hose roll hoist, a keiser force station, a hose pull, and finally a dummy drag 100 in under 7 minutes.

    I am currently trying to find the best way to prepare for the 2 mile walk as I do not quite know what the SCBA weighs, I know the academy uses aluminum or steel bottles and I have heard one person estimate 35lbs which seems a bit much for a SCBA but I do not have the experience to know (I do know that it will be heavier than a composite bottle SCBA which is usually under 25or 30lbs I believe). Does anyone have any insight on how much the pack may weight and how to best prepare and train for the walk and stair climb (actual building not a stair machine and actual SCBA not a weight vest)?

    The keiser force station is also new to me as I have seen what it is but I do not have experience on one, does anyone have any tips for some exercises to help prepare for this or methods on test day to be sure this station does not cost me more time than it needs to during the test.

    I greatly appreciate anyone?s input as to how to prepare for this test, I am not too concerned at the moment as I have quite a bit of time until the test and I have been doing more workouts over the past two months already, but anything that can help me better my skills is worth doing and any advice is helpful as I am open to learning new and better ways to accomplish the tasks.

    I am also taking the advice of the academy secretary and find a local ?sponsor? station to help me get used to the exercises, gear, and skills involved with the academy as well as have the extra motivation behind me through the journey.

    -Matt

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    Any volunteer fire departments near you??

    if so visit and see if they will let you try on their gear, climb thier ladders. And might have a kaiser.

    If not talk to the city dept where you live and see how much they will allow you to do.

    Also look around for someone that teaches or gives the cpat test and go through that.



    some testing depts will have practice sessions, ask the one you are testing at, if they are going to do that.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fire49 View Post
      Any volunteer fire departments near you??

      if so visit and see if they will let you try on their gear, climb thier ladders. And might have a kaiser.

      If not talk to the city dept where you live and see how much they will allow you to do.

      Also look around for someone that teaches or gives the cpat test and go through that.



      some testing depts will have practice sessions, ask the one you are testing at, if they are going to do that.
      Those are some great ideas, thank you. I actually think one county over we have some volunteer stations that I can check out to see if they would be willing to help.

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      • #4
        You might call some of these places to see what they offer or can direct you to other places::::


        Click on the Florida tab::

        https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/p...t_location.cfm
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fire49 View Post
          You might call some of these places to see what they offer or can direct you to other places::::


          Click on the Florida tab::

          https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/p...t_location.cfm
          Awesome! I really appreciate it. I will check them out and see where it can get me.

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          • #6
            https://forums.firehouse.com/forum/f...er-sled-needed


            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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            • #7
              Great link! I actually had that bookmarked to read later. Seems like some real good info in it.

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