Preparing for the Firefighter CPAT Test

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One of the hardest parts of becoming a firefighter is to prepare yourself physically for the entrance physical testing. It used to be that many departments would have their own standard physical test, variations of ladder climbs, hose drags, running and more. However, with more departments realizing that creating and designing their own testing took a lot of time and opened them up to liability issues, the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is gaining in popularity. So, what is the CPAT and how can you prepare for it if you have no firefighter experience? The…

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Benefits of Stretching


As we get older, our muscles tighten and the range of motion in the joints can be minimized. As a firefighter, this can cause problems with the requirements of lifting, climbing and other job related tasks. Tasks that used to be easy to us, such as zipping up a flight of steps or reaching for a crosslay, have now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help keep our muscles loose and help to prevent injury and soreness after a busy shift.

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5 Ways to Improve Firefighter Fitness

As we all know, heart disease and heart attacks are the number one killer of firefighters in the United States today. If you have certain other risks factors, it is critical that you take measures to improve and maintain good cardio health.

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