Physical Fitness/Injury and Polygraph Questions
Hello, all. I'm considering applying to a local fire department that's about to start recruiting again, but I had some concerns. I'd appreciate any advice anyone can give me.
First, I have a rotated pelvic bone, injured about 10 years ago. I'm a weightlifter, 6'3, 260 lbs of mostly muscle, in good shape, and I go months at a time without the injury affecting me. But occasionally, if I forget to lift with my legs and twist down and to the right, then strain hard to lift something, it can sort of halfway throw my back out. I usually recover back to standing upright and walking fine inside a few minutes to half an hour. But I'm really worried that I shouldn't even try for firefighting, in case this injury might endanger my or someone else's life. Any thoughts? Do you or anyone you know have back problems like this and still work successfully as a firefighter?
Also, I'm worried about my past when it comes to the polygraph. I used to commit petty thefts and burglaries from the ages of 17-22, then gave it up voluntarily, without ever getting a criminal record. I'd have no problem answering absolutely honestly about my past, but I'm wondering if I'll be disqualified anyways for mistakes I made over seven years ago.
Thanks again for reading this and for any thoughts you can offer.