FireFit is a firefighter task-based fitness trainer designed to mimic fire-ground activities and help firefighters stay physically ready for the job. It is a product built by me, a Fire Fighter, who after researching and seeing the necessity of physically being a 'combat ready' firefighter, found a way to do this by simulating fire-ground tasks such as dragging a tire to simulate a hose drag and a sand bag carry for a victim.
In my opinion, all the necessary "tools" needed (sandbags or hose dummies, a large tire for breach training, rolls of hose for drag simulations) were going to require a lot of space just to store the necessary equipment much less drag it out for a workout. That is when I started doodling on a piece of scratch paper all the most strenuous tasks a firefighter may encounter on the fireground. I researched, found videos and articles and made slight modifications to my original design based on the information I was being overwhelmed with.
Originally, I was going to build a fire fighter training prototype out of lumber, but during a conversation with a good friend who is in metal fabrication, we decided to build a prototype from steel. In fact, that prototype is still an in-service demo unit today-8 years after the 1st unit was built! The vision of helping firefighters get in better shape through tactical training is still the same...train like you work.
With much research, we have discovered that on average, you can only equip a station gym with minimal workout equipment for the same cost as a Firefit Trainer. For example: A mid-level bench, bar and weight set will set you back $2,000.00 or more; a mid-level 30 lb. dumbbell set plus rack another $500.00+ ; and a power cage another $500.00+ and you have to have a room in the station dedicated to that equipment, plus it is stationary. A Firefit trainer can be used as a quantifiable candidate test, something traditional equipment cannot do.
The basic evaluation form can be used for regular tracking of progress, as well as obtaining a baseline from beginning a fitness program. In this form, basics such as start/end times for each task; heart rates throughout circuit; beginning and ending heart rates.
The intermediate form is similar to the basic form, but has a few more details built into it, such as a tracking chart for heart rate zones.
The advanced evaluation form follows the other 2 forms with the steps, but has very detailed candidate fitness level tracking. Beginning and ending heart rates; Rate of Perceived Exertion(RPE) from 1-10, or to what level the candidate feels they exerted energy on each particular task; heart rate zones for the candidate throughout the circuit and overall RPE the candidate feels they were exerting. Proctor will use all the data collected during the evaluation to determine where the candidate stands in relation to department requirements for candidate employment or annual incumbent member fitness evaluations.
THE FIREFIT FITNESS TRAINER IS OFTEN USED AS AN ENTRANCE EXAM FOR NEW RECRUITS AND THEIR MEMBERSHIPS' ANNUAL FITNESS EVALUATIONS. WE HAVE A SAMPLE SOP FROM WHICH DEPARTMENTS CAN BUILD THEIR OWN STANDARDIZED ENTRANCE PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST. ON AVERAGE, A FIREFIT ENTRANCE EXAM WILL BE 8 MINUTES IN MAXIMUM TIME.
Watch this demonstration of the Firefighter Fitness Trainer!
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Base Firefit trainer, single color of choice. Includes sledgehammer, kettlebells, Firefit weighted ladder (45 lbs.)
Each FireFit trainer is weighed before delivery, but each one weighs in at approximately 265lbs fully loaded with all accessories.
Same as base Firefit trainer, all inclusive; but with custom paint upon request.
2 color paint-add $250.00 to base price
3 color paint-add $350.00 to base price
Custom Fire department logo plate added to each Firefit trainer no charge.
*SHIPPING NOT INCLUDED