It seems reasonable that in order to be a firefighter.
you *should* be physically fit.
But a new survey shows many firefighters are carrying
a lot more weight than just their equipment.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt shows
us just how hard maintaining
a firefigher's figure can be.
In a profession where timing is everything...
Remember you have to put this on in 60 seconds or
Every moment counts.
We are moving at a hustled pace but we are still trying
to get there and have the energy left.
As a firefighter, in order to do the job,,,and do
you have to be physically fit.
Here in La Crosse we strive very hard to stay in shape.
However, a new study by the CDC suggests about 70
percent of firefighters across the country are obese
AUBREY -- We have more fit firefighters than that
we have to be.
We wanted to try it for ourselves, so I spent a day
in the life of a La Crosse Firefighter.
oh my gosh I am being like pulled backwards
We drill everyday from 8 to 4 so we would have a high
rise drill, yesterday we were doing extrication.
After that from 4-8 we come back and work out.
Firefighters Kyle, Aubrey and Richard put me to the
test...do I have what it takes to be a firefighter
day in and day out.
It's not just going to put a fire out and your done.
Before I could even begin the first challenge, I had
to get the gear on.
Our main gear only weighs about 30-40 pounds.
We wear this for every fire call we are dispatched
to, also car accidents.
At first, I was feeling pretty good --That's not that
bad right, it's not horribly, your okay.---but then
they handed me the extra gear
How much does this weigh? probaby 8 pounds.
This is not 8 pounds, this is heavier.
I think it might even be six.
oh my goodness.
Now that I have the gear on and extra tools
Want to take a little hike.
I am ready for my first challenge....The high-rise
When you are talking high rise fires, consider high
rise anything our ladders can't reach, so your talking
4 stories and up.
I had to quickly go up five flights of stairs with
all of the equipment.
By the time I got to the third story...I was definitely
I am already breathing heavy, is that sad, it's tough.
step-after-step, I finally made it to the top...and
I must admit, I was feeling pretty good about my self.
Okay so that is one test, I sort of passed, slowly
but surely, but what are some other ones to try?
Next up was crawling with a hose.
For this test, I tried to help set up by rolling out
one of the hoses...well that didn't go so well.
Is it suppose to go all the way....usually.
Take two-- NAT POP-hose falling, and I still needed
a little help...good thing that wasn't the test.
After connecting the hoses NAT POP-sqeak and filling
them with water NAT POP- water rushing--- we were
ready to go.
Here's a side by side comparison of how I did...compared
to the professional firefighters.
Obviously they were a lot quicker...but I eventually
NAT POP- water running through hose
Just when I was feeling pretty tired --Can you see
this sweat.-- I got challenged to one final test.
Getting my gear on in under sixty seconds.
I even decided to raise the stakes a bit....
If I win we switch jobs, sure, deal.
Three, two, one, go.
NAT -- 44 seconds
NAT -- Done, not bad a minute three, ohhh high five.
Needless to say, Richard beat me...which means we
keep our jobs...something I am sure everyone at the
fire station was hoping for....
especially when timing is everything.
In La Crosse, Brittany Schmidt, News 8