Physical FitnessWildland firefighting demands a high level of physical fitness to safely perform daylong work in difficult environmental conditions including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, high altitudes, and smoke. For this reason, a physical fitness test is conducted to ensure individual and crew safety.
Pack TestThe Work Capacity Fitness Test, more commonly known as the Pack Test, is a three-mile hike over level terrain carrying a forty-five-pound pack. To qualify, the test must be completed in less than 45 minutes. However, this should be looked at as a minimum fitness threshold. To be successful as a wildland firefighter you should be able to meet this requirement with ease.
1.5 Mile RunUpon the completion of the Pack Test, crew members will complete a 1.5 mile run (without a pack). Your time will be recorded and factored into your evaluation.
Push-ups and Sit-upsCrew members will complete a one-minute push-up and one-minute sit-up evaluation. There is no particular threshold necessary to advance, but your performance will still be factored into your evaluation.
RecordsMiller Timber Services, Inc. strives to have the most elite wildland firefighting crews. Crew members are encouraged to competitively push themselves to achieve their personal best. To encourage friendly competition and the overall betterment of our crews, we track all-time records here:
- 1.5-mile run – 7:43 (Neil Faxon 4/26/2015)
- Push-ups – 83 (Quincy Coons 6/20/2012)
- Sit-ups – 69 (Mike Lynum 3/10/2018)