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There are 1,140,750 volunteer and career U.S. firefighters who protect the lives of millions. And now, there are more female firefighters than ever. Their work is utterly intense. But just how brutal is their training? We caught up with United Women Firefighters of the FDNY—the largest municipal firefighter department in the U.S. and second largest in the world next to the Tokyo Fire Department— to see. Here’s how they prepare, in partnership with the New York Sports Club, to be able to wear 60 pounds of gear, operate heavy tools, and save lives every day.
Did You Know..
125: The number of pounds a firefighter’s gear and tools can feel like while traveling up stairs or ladders and preforming life-saving activities.
Wear a 50-pound weighted vest for the following exercises:
Simulated Firefighting Drills
Forcible Entry Drills
Battle Rope Swings
Squat Bag Flips