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    Default Work Capacity Test or Timed Run

    Does anyone have any information if the timed run of 11:40 can be used instead of the Pack Test?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mndrsn6 View Post
    Does anyone have any information if the timed run of 11:40 can be used instead of the Pack Test?


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    Here in Texas, you can not run. Must walk the 3 miles with pack.
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    From the Red Book (aka Interagency Standards for Fire and Aviation Operations) Chapter 13, page 8
    Work Capacity Test (WCT) Administration
    The Work Capacity Test (WCT) is the official method of assessing wildland firefighter fitness levels. See “Work Capacity Tests for Wildland Firefighters, Test Administrator’s Guide” PMS 307, NFES 1109.
    So the run is no longer a valid test.
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    How about the step test. that goes back a little.

    the run was always fun, ok who am I kidding I hated it.

    we would stuff new people with food to see if we can get them to yack on the run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smketer View Post
    How about the step test. that goes back a little.

    the run was always fun, ok who am I kidding I hated it.

    we would stuff new people with food to see if we can get them to yack on the run.

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    I hated the step test... but they always let us check each other's pulses... hmmm.... wonder if anyone ever cheated?
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    Post Pack test debate...

    I work in Nevada, and there are as many ways to "certify" for wildland firefighting as there are local agencies. For many of the local municipal departments their yearly physical performed by their doctor can be used to approve them as "Arduous" (for there red card). My forestry agency still uses the good old pack test. We still have to have the full D.O.T. physical just to take it, which makes for a real fun week. I have questioned how these local agencies can still respond to federal fire without the pack test, and I was told that as long as the agency deems the individual approved to the "arduous" level they are fine. The local agency then takes the responsibility for their health.

    As far as a run, I guess that whatever test your agency wants to use, its up to them, as long as they certify you to the "Arduous" level. (which is needed for response to federal fires)

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