The second session of 2016 Apopka Public Safety Academy was last Thursday and Captain Wil Sanchez from the Apopka Fire Department was in charge.
The focus was on the physical requirements of being a firefighter or EMT.
All Apopka firefighters and EMTs must successfully complete a rigorous physical fitness/agility test each year to keep their jobs. The test is unique to the Apopka Fire Department and consists of an obstacle course containing many practical firefighting tasks.
The annual test includes:
The course is run wearing full protective gear which includes; helmet, insulated coat and pants, boots and a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The total weight of the protective gear is more than 50 pounds.
The course must be completed is less than six minutes. The course record of 2:06 is held by Earl Hines.
Use this link to see photos of prospective firefighters being tested.
The Apopka Public Safety Academy participants got a taste of the firefighter's physical requirements by going through five stations on Thursday night.
The Apopka Public Safety Academy is designed to expose citizens with an up-close look at public safety operations with tours, classes and hands-on training activities. The program alternates weekly presentations from the Apopka Police Department and the Apopka Fire Department. This year the Public Safety Academy has been combined with the Career Academy, a program designed to enlighten and assist those who have wondered about becoming a firefighter or police officer.
This articles was updated on 4/18/2016 at 11:40 to add the name of the agility test record holder.