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How about emergency services workers?

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I think it involved carrying a backpack with a certain amount of weight in it.

It's basically to ensure you have a basic level of fitness and you're not going to keel over in the middle of responding to a fire or working on the firegrounds.

There's not a serious amount of physical exertion in the RFS (specialists such as RAFT crews excepted). There's no running/rushing/panicking/etc when on foot and a lot of the time you're actually driving around while on the back of the truck. There's a big difference between being urgent and rushing. But it does get hot and it's definitely tiring during major fire events.
 

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Oh, it's the same as in FRNSW - generally we're not doing jobs that are physically intensive. But it's usually the difference between not working much at all, and working very hard indeed. We like that there aren't always major fire events (bushfires especially), but it's good to be prepared physically for when they do happen.
 

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As I have already stated, but will state again for the benefit of those who chose not to read it the first time (see post #6)
The RFS DOES NOT have and NEVER HAS had any fitness testing or standard for general front line fire fighters. If a crew member shows signs of not being able to safely function on a fire ground due to lack of fitness or injury, then it is up to the Captain and their executive to discuss with the member their suitability to remain an active fire fighter.
It is interesting to note that there was talk about introducing fitness testing, but it fell into the "too hard basket" as they face the real issue of volunteers telling the RFS to get stuffed. This is especially true in the true rural areas. If that happened, then the RFS would be screwed.

Crews such as RAFT and SMSS are the exception here due to the nature of their work (SMSS are also paid). These two DO have fitness testing and members are assessed at specified intervals to ensure they still are suitable

BA Operators and Airborne Aviation crews are required to undergo medical assessments, but not fitness. BA is due to the nature of what they do, and Aviation is a CASA requirement.
 

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I'm in the RFS and as others have said, there is no training requirement for a regular member. However, keeping a solid fitness level would only be an advantage to you. You could be behind a hose (lol) for hours on end without much of a break.

That being said, my captain a big boy haha! As in too many pizzas big not muscular big :p
 

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They probably don't have a fitness test but it's a personal preference. I hate heat as it is so I'd rather be as fit as possible and suffer less rather than lug around extra weight that I don't need to.
What I was suggesting was more your current fitness level doesn't have to stop you joining up.

You will probably find joining will help establish a routine to suit


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I used to be a firefighter and am adf and have found the P90x series 1 2 and 3 awesome.
 
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