FITNESS STANDARDS FOR ALASKA SMOKEJUMPERS
Every Alaska Smokejumper maintains an arduous physical fitness rating.
The physical training (PT) test is administered on the first day of rookie training. The OPM Physical Fitness Standards for smokejumping are as follows:
- Run 1.5 miles in 11:00 minutes or less
- 7 pull-ups
- 45 sit-ups
- 25 push-ups
- Pack 110 pounds on level terrain in 90 minutes or less
- There is a maximum of five minutes rest between exercises.
In addition to the OPM Standards, the BLM Smokejumpers have established their own standards:
- Run 1.5 miles in 9:30 or run 3 miles in 22:30
- 10 pull-ups
- 60 sit-ups
- 35 pushups
- Pack 110 pounds on level terrain for 3 miles in 90 minutes or less.
BLM FIRE OPERATIONS FITNESS CHALLENGE
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.
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.
TRAINING FOR ROOKIES
Rookie Training is conducted at Ft. Wainwright by a cadre of BLM smokejumpers. It begins in mid-April and lasts five weeks. During this time trainees are evaluated continuously on the following factors:
Successful completion of a physical test is necessary before a rookie may progress in the program
Ability to learn Smokejumper skills and successfully perform these skills
Hands-on training will include mock parachute training, pump and chainsaw use and maintenance, tree climbing, water landings, and parachute jumps
Ability to function as a team member
Overall attitude and work ethic
Ability to remain productive in a stressful environment
TRAINING FOR VETERAN SMOKEJUMPERS
Successful completion of a physical test is required before a smokejumper can return to the program.
Refresher training is then required in parachuting, tree climbing, and operational techniques.
Some smokejumpers receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, which is updated annually, so they can deal with injuries that may result from parachuting or firefighting.
A daily physical training program is established and required throughout a smokejumper's career, which includes running, push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.
National Interagency Wildland Fire Training Courses.