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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Fitness and Firefighting


Each year, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Death and Injury Surveys demonstrate that firefighting remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Research has repeatedly shown the need for high levels of fitness to perform safely in the fire service. The importance of fitness, including muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance, cannot be over emphasized for firefighters who have been on the line for years and for the new firefighters just beginning their career.

When new Firefighters enter Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Training Academy, they hit the ground running.  New firefighters should not expect to get into shape at the academy; they should come prepared for the physical fitness required.  New firefighters are expected to perform strenuous physical activities for extended durations in heated environments.  PF&R demands that their firefighters are in good health and are physically capable of doing the job.

In addition to bi-monthly physical agility testing and daily drill ground evolutions, new firefighters participate in daily physical conditioning. Below is an example:


-Run 10 towers in full turnouts (1 tower is 6 flights)


-Tower circuit in full turnouts

-6th Floor - 10 pushups

-3rd Floor - 20 body weight squats

-1st Floor - 5 burpees

-Repeat the circuit 6-10 times


-2 to 4 mile run


-Circuit training, one minute at each station

-Station 1: Sledge hammer the tire

-Station 2: Wall ball shots

-Station 3: Renegade rows

-Station 4: Bear crawl 100 feet

-Station 5: Fan lift

-Station 6: Run a tower carrying hose bundle

-Rest for one minute

-Repeat the circuit 4 - 5 times

Fire personnel held an optional training session last week to help new PF&R Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter Trainees to understand the physical demands required during at the Training Academy. Fire personnel discussed the importance of each and every firefighter’s commitment to wellness in order to succeed and sustain a career in the professional fire services. Click here to view PF&R's Video, "Be In Shape Now."


  Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  June 18, 2010


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