Fire Academy Physical Fitness
Clark County recruit academies are demanding both mentally and physically.
Physical fitness is one of the most important aspects of a firefighters daily
job. Firefighters must be able to perform strenuous job activities for extended
duration and under adverse working conditions.
Typically, physical training is broken up with alternating upper and lower body
days with some form of cardiovascular conditioning done everyday. Upper body
workouts might include pushups, sit-ups, bicep curls, shoulder presses,
pull-ups and chin-ups, or dips. Lower body workouts might include running
stairs, step-ups, lunges, pulling hose, or wall sits. Stretching is done before
and after each day’s workout.
Recruits must understand that fire academy activities will not be limited or put
on hold due to the various weather extremes that are prevalent within the Las
Vegas valley. Successful recruits must be prepared to perform skills and
drills, both in and out of PPE, in temperatures that range from 30F - 120F or
higher during live fire evolutions. With this in mind recruits must understand
that the fire academy is not the place to get into shape. In order to be truly
prepared recruits must be in shape when they arrive on the first day.
Examples of upper and lower body workout: