Yes, You Can Pass the CPAT/Agility!!!!
Fire it Up!
Training for your Physical Agility
Physical Agility, CPAT, Biddle What Ever
Fire Captain Bob author of the book, “Becoming a Firefighter”, The Complete Guide to Your Badge wrote, “One of the major hurdles in the hiring process to become a firefighter is the physical agility or CPAT. On game day, you need to pass the agility the first time out in order to and move onto the next step in the hiring process to gain your badge. The key is to be prepared before you show up!”
The Problem is not Being in Shape!
The secret to passing the agility is to be in shape with a high cardiovascular fitness level and to know the proper techniques to make the cut. The average time is between nine minutes and ten minutes, twenty seconds. Try to think of the CPAT (or any agility) as a marathon where you are trying to complete the event instead of going for the record time. You can burn out if you are going for time no matter how well in shape you are.
You don’t want any surprises during the physical agility. You need to train for your agility by upping your cardio and have practiced hands on with every segment of the agility.
Too many candidates think they are in great shape. One who did not take advantage of the practice session told me, “Hey, that 75 pound hose pack was heavy. Humping that hose bundle up the tower, hosting and other manipulative skills, then back down the tower steps made my lungs burn (they were still burning days later) and caused the loss of valuable seconds.”
Question: What is a good CPAT time? The last test I took the proctor said that your time could factor into who was selected for interviews.
CB Reply: It’s not uncommon for some agencies to have “scouts” to watch for those at their CPAT who are struggling at the finish line where a photo finish was needed and those who breeze through. It’s not uncommon during an agility to see candidates run out of steam, air and ability. Some fall, get injured and require medical attention. Not pretty. The agility is certainly another part of the interview process. It would be hard pressed for an agency to turn someone down who had a passing time in this “pass/fail” event but you don’t always know what’s going on behind the scenes.
Often, candidates don’t realize that it’s not just strength in the physical agility. The “Nugget “ is technique, momentum and grip. If you are uncertain or having problems in the physical, you can get into shape without causing injuries. I witnessed a 5’ 1” fire lad who was 119 pounds blow through the CPAT leaving the staff shaking their heads.
Many candidates feel if they set some kind of a record it will help in hiring. Not true! It is pass or fail. The secret “Nugget” here is to pace yourself. You don’t have to break the record. If you would have no problem in passing the physical, then, why would you want to try and impress the training staff, the other candidates and tout that you set a new record? In your haste, you might injure yourself or fall down the stairs in the tower . . . and, you don’t even pass. Now, you not only didn’t pass the agility, you’re out of the hiring process. How would you feel?
Are You Ready for the fire Academy?
Just because you passed the physical agility doesn’t mean you are ready for the fire academy or you will be a good firefighter. 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. If you can’t keep up they will wash you out.
Training officers have told me the
problem is candidates might be able to complete one evolution but the wheels
start coming of the wagon when the have to do the same evolution two, three,
four times or more and then move on to another evolution multiple times. Some
candidates just haven't built up their endurance before they show up for the
academy. This program hardens the candidate to
complete the academy injury free.
You have to maintain good physical conditioning during your probation and through out your career. It can be hard getting this job. It can become difficult keeping it!
Showing up at the academy is not the time to start getting ready. You need to be in shape and hit the ground running. 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.
This from Mark: Just to add onto captain Bob's input....one of my classroom instructors (who also happens to be one of the PT instructors for the part-time academy) is such a physical fitness guru that she continues on every week with stories of how she has to "write up" recruits because of poor aerobic/anaerobic performance early in the academy (mind you these recruits did well on the Biddle). At this point I already get the point that if I'm going to fail physically, the time is now rather than in the academy. But what really got me down was when she mentioned that she knew a bunch of firefighters who had to be let go by a department after working a few years because they were no longer "aerobically fit" for the job. Where do they go now? What do they do? Just like captain Bob quoted, "You have to maintain good physical conditioning during your probation and through out your career. It can be hard getting this job. It can become difficult keeping it!"
Here are some of the incidents where candidates were let go:
A candidate shows up at an academy not in shape 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 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, got in shape and convinced a department with an easier academy he would be an asset.
"More suicides have been committed by a knife and a fork than any other weapon"
How to Get Ready?
How about adopting a program of being fit and ready to go before you show up? We're not talking about just a diet here. Couch and computer mouse potatoes need not apply.
Dr. Jen Milus, from Milus Training Systems, has developed a 12- week comprehensive program to assist you in preparing to pass the CPAT or other agility. Step by step Dr. Milus will instruct you how to safely get into and maintain the shape that will give you that competitive advantage to pass the first time out.
This is your invitation to an information-rich, action-packed Physical Agility boot camp program with "Dr. Jen" teaching you "How to improve your agility scores to get that badge!"
Dr. Milus’s candidates are improving their physical abilities to pass their agilities and go onto nailing that badge! Imagine what would happen to your score by using the secrets from Dr. Jens experience?
Dr. Jen Milus has extensive knowledge and experience in both personal training and physical agility tests...Her straightforward techniques and her motivational attitude were exactly what I needed...When my CPAT test date arrived I passed with ease...Dr. Milus made all the difference...Past trainers do not hold a candle to Dr. Milus' fire. Janine.
Here's what you can expect to learn:
The information and skills that will be presented in this agility program are for everyone interested in strengthening their position in passing their agility. This is Quality Training you won't find anywhere else. You can't afford to go to your next agility without this information. How bad do you want this job anyway?
Remember nothing counts til you have the badge . . . Absolutely nothing! That includes the agility!
The Fire It Up Agility System includes:
Step by step, “Dr. Jen’s” 12-week comprehensive Fire It Up System comes with a DVD demonstrating the exercises used in the workbook. This system will guide you how to safely get into and maintain the shape that will give you that competitive advantage to pass the first time out. In this program you will find the inside “ Agility Nuggets”, tips and resources you can’t get anywhere else to shorten the learning curve to pass your agility and the distance between you and that badge.
The program come with a no questions asked full refund if you're not satisfied. You're at no risk except you might get a badge.
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NOT to shorten the learning curve between you and that badge.
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You may already be doing OK on agility tests. Do you know the advanced strategies to make it over the top to gain that badge? How much time and great opportunities have you wasted so far?
Many believe it takes quite a while to get firmly entrenched in the testing process and get a solid agility going. That’s only if you don’t have the skills to know what you’re doing. The longer you wait, the further behind you’ll be and you may never catch your competition. The time to start learning is now. Each day you delay is costing you valuable time and money. Pretty soon you could lose interest, be considered a part time hobbyist and NOT a serious candidate.
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That’s the reason for this program and that’s the reason departments hire those who have used it to convince them they are the candidates they have been looking for . . . while too many others continue to make the mistakes that will keep them badge less. Can you afford to make major blunders in your efforts to gain a badge when they could be avoided with a low $49.95 investment in this one-of-a-kind time tested reference tool?
Ask yourself this question: If you could gain just one "Nugget" idea that can make a difference between where you're at now and a real shot at a badge, would you get it?
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