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Fire Fit Training Guide

As firefighters, we put life first and we train to get it right.

Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. Tasks include carrying heavy loads including personal protective equipment, handling temperature extremes, variable terrains and confined spaces, all of which impose unique physical and physiological demands upon firefighters.

The FireFit Training Guide is based on an eight to 12-week program, depending on each individual’s fitness level, and is available to help eligible candidates prepare for the Fire and Rescue NSW Physical Aptitude Test (PAT)*.

The PAT is an assessment of the inherent requirements of firefighting and has been designed specifically to identify and recruit individuals who are physiologically capable of tolerating the work-related demands of firefighting.

To successfully complete the PAT, an eligible candidate’s preparation will require regular cardiovascular and resistance training with a program targeted at the specific functional movements associated with firefighting. Please refer to the FireFit Training Guide (PDF) for further advice and a recommended weekly training program created by exercise physiologists.

We encourage you to start training now. Download the Fire Fit Training Guide here (PDF, 3MB)

*Please note the ability to complete this program will not guarantee competency in the PAT.