Bay Area Woman Develops Training Regimen For Firefighter Fitness Test

Bay Area Woman Develops Training Regimen For Firefighter Fitness Test


ARE TURNED AWAY… BECAUSE THEY’VE FAILED A RIGOROUS 10 MINUTE PHYSICAL TEST. REPORTER KIET DO, ON HOW ONE WOMAN IS HELPING THEM SWING THE AX.. AND PASS. FOR COURTNEY RYPSTRA, HER FUTURE CAREER AS A FIREFIGHTER DEPENDS ON THESE NEXT TEN MINUTES. (NATS Three, two, one, go!) COURTNEY IS TRAINING TO PASS THE INFAMOUS “CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST”, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CPAT. (NATS) IT’S A LAUNDRY LIST OF RIGOROUS PHYSICAL TASKSâ DESIGNED TO WEED OUT THE UNFITâ AND SEE IF YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A FIREFIGHTER. (NATS) THIS WHOLE TRAINING PROGRAM IS THE BRAINCHILD OF SHAY MOUNTFORD, A 15-YEAR VETERAN OF A LOCAL AGENCY, AND STILL ON ACTIVE DUTY. LAST MONTH, SHAY STARTED BLAZE OF GLORY FITNESS, THE ONLY TRAINING PROGRAM LIKE IT IN THE BAY AREA, BECAUSE SHE SAW TOO MANY SMART, OTHERWISE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES, FAIL THE PHYSICAL TEST. (Shay Mountford, Blaze of Glory Fitness: You can be in great baseball shape, you can be a great runner, but to be a great firefighter, you have to be in, I call it, academy shape, or fire shape.) THAT MEANS PRACTICING WEARING A 50 POUND WEIGHT VESTâ AND SWINGING A SLEDGE HAMMER TO SIMULATE A DOOR BREACHâ CRAWLING AROUND SEARCHING FOR SURVIVORSâ. OR DRAGGING A 165 POUND PERSON TO SAFETY. ALL THINGS THAT CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. (Montford: Anytime a firefighter, the more fit they are, the better off they are for themselves and the better off they are for our public.) (Mountford: And that society, our people, the communities that we serve, that’s what they want to see, they want to see fit firefighters.) THE CUTOFF TIME FOR THE CPAT IS TEN MINUTES 20 SECONDS. FOR COURTNEY, AFTER WEEKS OF TRAINING, IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE A BIG MILESTONE. (Right there, baby! Good job) (Q: Do you think you could’ve made it through this test without the training? No. Definitely not. I’ve never even touched a ladder or sledge hammer really before that. So this training has definitely prepared me 100 percent.) IN SAN JOSE, KIET DO, KPIX 5. A MILESTONE FOR FACEBOOK… THE COMPANY SAYS ONE-BILLION PEOPLE

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