For what it is worth Just heard that the first wave of Medicals started for Priority hires.....and that every single one of them failed
A few things I thought after reading the article: first, I can't imagine the next class is ALL Promo and PH. There will be serious backlash if two straight classes come out with seriously subpar physical performance. Second, journalists and others are clearly watching the forums, so let's continue to be on best behavior and only say things here that we'd be comfortable showing up in an article like this. And lastly, I'm about as old as a candidate can be - without the age extension for 6019 candidates I could not have taken this exam. But F THAT - I don't want any flexibility on physical training, running times, push ups, pull ups, anything. I'm as busy as anyone else (taking time out on Sunday morning to check the board from a day full of work) but I still have time to fit exercise into my day 4 or 5 times a week. I'll run that 1.5 miles in under 11. I'll bang out 20 pull-ups. I don't think I, or any of the PHs or the promos, should be cut any slack.
MM at what pace do you guys/girls run at in the academy. Is it 8 minute miles, 8:30, 9:00. Just trying to emulate it. Thanks.
Look at the posts on here about guys down at medical failing and guys at the Rock right now with the chance of a lifetime screwing it up royally. DON'T BE THEM. Train now. If you aren't in great shape and physical fitness doesn't come easy for you (it doesn't for me), train hard NOW and avoid the problem altogether.
And if any of you are inclined to think I'm talking down to you, this advice comes from a guy who laughed training off the first time I took the physical, failed it, and had to wait YEARS for another shot, almost outside of the age limit. Don't let it happen to you.
I don't know the paces or distances. teufelhunden36 has good advice. I'm the same way, was never into sports or anything, had a lot of catching up to do to get ready for this. I wasn't as prepared as I had hoped to be, but I'm making it work. Preparedness in the running/cardio area in my book would be comfortably doing 5 miles in 8-9 minute/miles, obviously training for the 1.5 miler, and lots and lots of interval sprints.
Remedial may be seen as a scarlet letter here, on the rant, or in the news, but it honestly is a great thing. Remember these guys passed all of the necessary prehire steps, which you guys may soon take and pass. Some of you might be surprised when you get there on baseline testing day and you flub and miss by a few pushups because their standard is higher than what you trained to. The remedial training is good though, I wouldn't be surprised if many of the guys in remedial end up being in better shape at the end of this thing than the people who didn't need it.
I would rather put in the time and effort to be as prepared as I can be so that if the opportunity arises I will be as prepared as humanly possible.
The sacrifices you make now will pay of in the long run. What's the worst that could happen, you don't get called and your in the best shape of your life.
I also understand that everyone's situation is different but everyone should have 15-20 minutes a day to workout a lil. Even if its just running through your neighborhood.
I'm sorry if I offended anyone, not my intention. I just get frustrated listening to people in general say they don't have time to exercise. Stop watching TV and go for a walk or run.
Sure a lot of guys here have only lived in their parents' basement up until now. But try not to make it sound like you're the first that had to juggle everything while preparing for what is still the best job in the world.
Re the article, it paints the whole class in a bad light, and we know it's not. However, the dubious distinction that seems to have befallen them isn't sitting well with us.
This is getting interesting.
Does any of this mean that the list is moving faster than anticipated? are they almost totally out of EMS?
Look, I read that article this morning. The Post IS NOT A NEWSPAPER. That was a bull**** story with very little hard fact. That said, the performance of this class is certainly substandard and that should serve as a warning to those of you coming in.
As for your physical abilities at the end, you don't pass, you don't go to a firehouse. They might keep you at the rock for a few weeks, extend your probation for as long as it takes, ect. Do you REALLY want to be the last proby to be assigned to a company......you'll have a black mark on your career from day one.
EVERYONE who'll be joining our ranks in the next few years is going to be under a lot of scrutiny from those of us in the firehouse. Don't start off on the wrong foot.
Hey manhattan medic
At any point in the academy so far have you been asked/expected to just hang from anything with just one hand for any reason? Random question I know haha
Anyone know if at the investigation they gave you problems about any of your social networking accounts? For example, a buddy of mine just went for PD investigations and they asked him to log into his facebook. I have absolutely nothing to hide I'm just curious how fire handles it. Anyone who went to the investigation know?