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    Default Miami Dade County Fire Academy Preparation

    Hey guys i'm currently in my second (of a total of 3) semester of Paramedics. I will be finishing in early 2008. I am working on getting accepted to the May 2008 (Summer) Firefighter Academy with Miami Dade County.

    I have a group that consists of myself and 3 friends who workout together in order to prepare for the academy. We run and do push ups, stair work etc but we don't really have a set routine written down that we follow.

    I'm looking for some sort of guidelines that we can follow (something concrete) that will help us physically prepare for the rigors of academy training.

    Any suggestions? Any alumni's here?

    By the way i posted this twice because the fitness forum seems kind of dead.

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    Hey bro. I would check out any number of cross-fit workouts that are on the internet. They are essentially cardio and strength training combined into one workout. I use some of the techniques along with strength training and regular cardio and have had great results. Are you going with Dade County FD or the city of Miami FD?
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    thanks for the input... I've gone to the crossfit website but i can't seem to understand any of it. It's too cluttered. Could you point me in the right direction of a laid out black and white program.

    I actually applied to both departments. I didn't get to test (written) with the city because i couldn't get work off. As far as county I made it as far as the CPAT and then the tax cuts came in and they paused the hiring process. There's rumor that they will continue to hire from the same list as early as february (here's hoping) so it's really a waiting game for me.

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    As far as the best way to train for the job goes, these are my recommendations.

    1- Run stairs. Im not talking 2 flights of stairs either. Run at least 6 stories up and down 3 times or more of a minimum of twice a week. Just be careful. A slip could injure you. It's not about speed but endurance.

    2- Do the basics. Push-ups, pull-ups, and crunches.

    3- Swim. Great all around cardio and strength training.

    4- Lift weights but do not be a gorilla. If you have never learned the proper way to lift, join a gym that has personal trainers and invest in a months worth of lessons. Let them know what you are looking for.

    5- Run and/or bike. Im more partial to biking because of the low impact.

    Hope this helps man. Good luck with everything and don't give up. MFD and Dade County are both great departments to work for.
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    hey RP thanks for the info really appreciate it. I'm looking for a good program as well that i can do outdoor. I really want to purchase a drag sled and vest

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    No problem man. Always glad to help out a fellow Miami man. I moved away about 13 years ago but still go back often to see family. Again, good luck and PM me if you have any qustions.
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    Training for the CPAT and consequently for the Academy are 2 very different things.

    The Miami-Dade academy will have a vey structured physical training program in 2008. The advise you've gotten from rpferry is good, and I would only add that working on your anaerobic capacity via interval training is key.

    It will help you develop the energy systems and mental toughness needed to get you through the academy.

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    hey guys figured i would update this.

    I'm currently three days away from taking my state for the Academy i'm pretty excited and happy that it's over (waking up at 4:30am 5 days a week kicks your ***)

    In two weeks i take my state for my medics so soon i'll have my 2 most important certs. Now to just find places that are hiring

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    Orange County Fire Rescue is hiring...Firemedics

    www.ocfrd.com

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    Orange County Fire Rescue is hiring...Firemedics

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    Stick with Miami Dade fire or any South Florida fire departments you will be happier there trust me!!

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    thanks for the headsup i appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPapaGato View Post
    hey guys figured i would update this.

    I'm currently three days away from taking my state for the Academy i'm pretty excited and happy that it's over (waking up at 4:30am 5 days a week kicks your ***)

    In two weeks i take my state for my medics so soon i'll have my 2 most important certs. Now to just find places that are hiring
    Congrats bro! Good luck with everything and let us know how it turns out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPapaGato View Post
    thanks for the headsup i appreciate it!
    Just curious, are you taking the new State Exam? Or are you doing the Big 3 and skills station?

    Reason I ask is I just graduated from St Pete College last month and I was the last class at that school to do the Big 3 so I am just wondering if your taking the new one and if so, what was it like? I hear they no longer make you carry a charged line as part of it. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firemedic80 View Post
    Just curious, are you taking the new State Exam? Or are you doing the Big 3 and skills station?

    Reason I ask is I just graduated from St Pete College last month and I was the last class at that school to do the Big 3 so I am just wondering if your taking the new one and if so, what was it like? I hear they no longer make you carry a charged line as part of it. Thanks.
    What the hell did they replace it with?
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    I am not sure but I hear they have added and subtracted different things. The day I showed up for the written, my director almost had a heart attack when the state guy told him our class was taking the new exam. He got it corrected but we had prepared for the Big 3 so it must be significantly different. A couple of instructors had said the new format is much different and that there was no longer a charged hose pull.

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    Not sure how much has been changed but these are the events we will be tested on.

    Three Ring
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    1. SCBA donning and simulated search and rescue crawl (2 minutes)
    2. Hose deployment off apparatus using either S-Load or MinuteMan which is an uncharged line and knocking down cones (1 minute 25 seconds)
    3. Raising a 24 foot extension ladder (2 minutes 45 seconds)

    Tasking (untimed events)
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    1. Hoses (either Exposure coil, burst line, extended line, advancing hose up to fire)
    2. Appliance ID
    3. Forcible Entry
    4. Working off a ladder

    i think that's it.

    Plus the written portion

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPapaGato View Post
    Not sure how much has been changed but these are the events we will be tested on.

    Three Ring
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    1. SCBA donning and simulated search and rescue crawl (2 minutes)
    2. Hose deployment off apparatus using either S-Load or MinuteMan which is an uncharged line and knocking down cones (1 minute 25 seconds)
    3. Raising a 24 foot extension ladder (2 minutes 45 seconds)

    Tasking (untimed events)
    -------------------------
    1. Hoses (either Exposure coil, burst line, extended line, advancing hose up to fire)
    2. Appliance ID
    3. Forcible Entry
    4. Working off a ladder

    i think that's it.

    Plus the written portion
    Yeah that is it. Your lucky in a sense they don't make you drag the hose charged anymore. Extension ladder is the same, simulated search...hmm let me know how that works with donning scba in the same task. If you could detail how they work and also the hose load step by step, I am just curious. The Skills station I see has changed too. It used to be random skills that you won't know about until the time you take the test.

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    Wow they did change it quite a bit.

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    it's official i passed woot!

    As far as the performance objectives that remained the same.. it was random and you didn't know what was coming.

    My four were

    Supplying a gated wye with the female end of a 2.5" hose
    Performing overhaul with a pike pole
    Demonstrating hoisting a charged 2.5" hoseline (clove hitch half hitch)
    Working off a ladder performing ventilation with a pike pole

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    Good job bro. Stay hungry and find a job now.
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    Marion County is hiring.

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    thanks for the heads up i'll check it out.. right now the website isn't working for marion county.

    How are you guys hearing about these openings? What's the best way to stay in the know?

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