TRAINING UPON ARRIVAL
An initial two week training session will commence approximately a week prior to Memorial Day each season at the AFS facilities on Fort Wainwright. A pool of candidates (approximately 28) will be instructed in basic firefighting skills and techniques; use and maintenance of chain saws, hand tools, and portable pumps; basic air operations; and safety. Throughout this training period Physical Training will occur daily. Upon completion of the initial training a performance based selection will identify the 16-18 regular crew members. The remaining candidates will be utilized as alternates to facilitate crew needs.
BLM FIRE AND AVIATION FITNESS CHALLENGE
On the first day of training the North Star Fire Crew candidates will take the physical training test. The North Star physical training test conforms to the BLM Fire and Aviation Fitness Challenge standards.
The BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge provides a common system by which BLM firefighters can measure current fitness, establish fitness goals, track fitness improvement, and receive recognition for their efforts. The fitness challenge encourages and recognizes achievement in physical fitness by BLM firefighters. The fitness challenge is voluntary, but BLM firefighters are encouraged to participate.
The BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge tests participants in four basic exercises: push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and a timed run of either 1.5 or 3.0 miles. Test results are compiled into a final overall score. The BLM Fire and Aviation Division of Fire Operations will recognize high achievers annually. The Hotshot and North Star crews strive for the gold standard (300 total points for the 4 exercises). The North Star Fire Crew will run the 1.5 mile run for the P.T. test.
The pack test (45lb pack for 3 miles in less than 45 Minutes) will also be administered on the first day of training. Passing this test is a mandatory condition of hire.
PHYSICAL TRAINING SCHEDULE
When not on fire assignment, crew members are required to participate in an organized daily physical training program (about an hour each day). The following is a sample daily Physical Training Schedule:
- 5 minutes of free stretching
- 3 sets of 50 push-ups
- 3 sets of 30 Flutter Kicks
- 3 sets of 7 pull-ups or 1-6 pyramid pull-ups
- 3 sets of 7 bar-dips or 1-6 pyramid bar-dips
- 2 sets of 100 sit-ups
- 3 sets of dollies
- 100 abdominal crunches or bicycles
- 3.0-7.0 mile run (7-8 minute per mile pace) or 1 hour long hike (minimum 15 minutes per mile pace)
MEDICAL STANDARDS PROGRAM
The Alaska Fire Service participates in the DOI Medical Standards Program requiring medical exams every three years. For more information please see the Medical Standards Program.
Additional inquiries can be directed to North Star Fire Crew Program email or via phone, (907)356-5665.