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Harrison firefighters in shape based on results of tough test
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Monday, December 03, 2012 8:20 PM

The Harrison Fire Department is fit and agile based on their annual modified Candidate Physical Ability Test.

The agility test simulates job specific areas of firefighting and is timed based on age and gender.

“The timeframe is for incentive. So, they push their way through it,” said Fire Chief Rob Hursong.

The modified CPAT the Harrison department uses consists of three minutes on a Stair Master, a 150-foot hose drag, tool carry, ladder raise, extended ladder raise, rescue mannequin drag and a Kaiser sled (which simulates slinging an ax for forced entry into buildings) said Hursong.

According to Lt. Kevin Draper, who has been with the fire department nine years, the annual test challenges cardio fitness and strength.

The firefighters have an hour of PT a day at the firehouse consisting of weight training and cardio, which is adequate conditioning for the test.

“You can challenge yourself to better your time every year,” said Draper.

He also said the firefighters challenge each other to get the best time.

Only a couple of people did not finish the agility test in their time frame, said Hursong

Of the full-time employees 23 of 24 passed in the  allotted time. For part-time employees 21 of 22 passed.