Oh, ok so you were talking about performing the kaiser sled event. I still think performing the sledgehammer exercise that I gave you the link to will help out in building up strength and getting you used to swinging a sledge. Also, the pulling/dragging exercises will benefit you a ton both for preparation for a CPAT and in the fire service.
If you really want to get an idea of performing the kaiser sled event, I would try going to a local fire academy or fire deparment, ask if they have a kaiser sled, and then ask if it would be ok for you to practice on it. It's pretty helpful to be able to practice on one before taking a CPAT because you get to experience the somewhat akward position you are standing in while swinging the sledge. If you do get a chance do practice on a kaiser, try to bring with you a spare SCBA or a weight vest and wear it while hitting the kaiser. Most departments require the candidate to where one of these while they are going through the CPAT.
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05-04-2009, 11:54 AM #21IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!
05-04-2009, 12:16 PM #22
Gunk vs. Lube on a Kaiser Sled
A few weeks later, my academy hosted a joint-CPAT for several area departments. We were watching the instructors set the CPAT course up, when we noticed several of them spraying the kaiser's rails with some type of lube. I guess it what so each person taking the CPAT had an equal chance or something. As soon as the first person going through the CPAT got to the kaiser and hit the beam on the sledge, we all said to ourselves "They made it too easy! That guy wasn't even hitting the beam correctly and all that spray lube allowed the beam to fly to the other end!"
So I say it's hit or miss as to how easy of hard the kaiser event will be based on the condition the sled is in. But regardless, you should always come to the CPAT in your best shape possible.
Last edited by pewter98; 05-04-2009 at 01:59 PM.IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!
05-04-2009, 02:46 PM #23
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The sledgehammer exercise is working really well, I called some local departments and none seem to have the sled. So I guess for now I'll do the sledgehammer workout and stand on the tire and hammer away. I've been rolling and flipping the tire down the street, neighbors must love that! Since I don't have access to an SCBA I was planing on putting some weight in a backpack.
05-04-2009, 03:44 PM #24
The weight in a backpack is a good alt., just be sure to start off light and work your way up.IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!
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