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The Wildfire Fighter Pack Test


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The Stressful Pack Test
The Wildfire Fighter Pack Test

Wildland Firefighters

If you fight wildfire in the United States under the supervision of a state or federal agency you should be familiar with the "pack test". All forest firefighters must meet minimum levels of fitness to fight fire depending on the type of duties they are assigned. Passing this test is one good indicator of minimum fitness. It is also manditory.

Wildland firefighting means working in difficult environments that demand a high level of conditioning to safely perform physically demanding work. Taking a working capacity test like the "pack test" does several things. It better protects the firefighter's personal safety and health as well as the safety of co-workers. It also improves the fire fighting operation and function.

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