All members of the Sheridan Fire-Rescue Department are participating in the annual physical ability testing this week. Firefighters are required to pass a battery of physical tasks aimed at insuring they are fit for duty. These include a ladder raise; a forcible entry exercise; a hose and air-tank hoist; a victim recovery drill; advancing a charged hose-line; ascending a 75’ ladder; and a hose-carry up ten flights of stairs.
The tasks are designed to simulate actual physical skills used by firefighters during emergency calls. Many of the tasks are timed and can be used to measure the firefighter’s physical condition throughout their careers.
The annual physical ability test is part of Sheridan Fire-Rescue's overall physical conditioning program. Firefighters are required to participate in the program and pass the annual testing as a condition of their employment.