Honoring Service Challenge Part 3. The Firefighter WOD

Honoring Service Challenge Part 3. The Firefighter WOD

Workout Date:





Valvano, Oncall, Cubby, Boxcar, Weedeater, Lombardi, Softshell, Jingles (Respect), Headgear, Phoenix (from Greensboro), Rousey, Bling, Hoser (YHC)

The Thang:

13 Pax got to work early this morning as we continue the Honoring Service Challenge posted by GoRuck by completing the Firefighter WOD.

The Weather was a very fair 52° with a calm wind.

YHC got to the AO ahead of the pax and helped set up some special coupons to help enhance this morning beatdown.

This WOD was based of the Candidate Physical Agility Test. This test is issued by about 95% of the fire departments in the united states as a base line to measure a candidates physical fitness. The test its self is comprised of 8 progressive stations representing various fireground activities. The time limit for the test is 10:20 seconds. Between each station the candidate get a 85 foot break to catch their breath. The candidate wears a 50 pound vest that represents wearing firefighter protective gear and air pack. During the stair climb an extra 25 pounds are added to represent caring a hose bundle. This WOD ends with a 3 mile ruck. This is to honor wildland firefighters. To be certified as a wildland firefighter you have to get your “red card”. The physical test to obtain this certification is a pack test. The pack test for a wildland firefighter is 3 miles, in 45 minutes, with a 45 pound pack. With no running.

This mornings WOD consisted of:

  • 150 Step-ups while wearing your ruck
  • 100M Ruck Drag, ruck in front of you while walking backwards, ruck cant leave the ground
  • 50 Overhead ruck presses
  • 100M Bear Crawl while wearing your ruck
  • 150M Farmers carry
  • 3 mile ruck as fast as you can but no running.

YHC gathered the PAX together around not just a flag but also a make shift memorial. YHC read the fireman’s prayer and this quote by Chief Croker:

“Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”

YHC then dedicated this WOD to the memory of Myrtle Beach Lieutenant John M. Burns Line of Duty Death 12/3/2014.

The PAX then moved over to the picnic benches for the step ups. YHC brought three vests and shoulder weights that are used during the CPAT event and invited any pax to do the step ups while wearing the 75# weight. Thunderclaps to Bling, Onecall and Valvano for stepping up and wearing the vests. After all pax completed the step ups, we moved back over to the flag. The pax splint up into crews of 4. Here they would complete the WOD. Instead of a ruck drag YHC was able to make 100 pound sandbag bundles to more acutely represent the 165 pound mannequin that is used in the CPAT. After all crews where done with the sandbag drag, bear crawls, ruck press, and farmers carry we started our three mile ruck. During the ruck YHC shared a little bit about the history of the Firefighter profession.

After three miles we gathered around the flag. YHC thanked everyone for coming out and shared that we were going to do another mile to complete the ruck club call out from GoRuck that would involve a mile of buddie carries. A few pax could not/would not stay for that event so we counted off for name-a-romma.

Those that stayed for the ruck club call out all put in excellent work and got the mile done in about 20 minutes. Not bad considering  we stopped every quarter mile to switch causialties.

After the mile we circled back up for ball of man, announcements and prayer requests. YHC closed us out in prayer.

Thank you for the opportunity to lead this morning. Thank you for the hard work you put in this morning. I tell my recruits don’t settle for being a good fireman, be the fireman you want coming to save you and your family. I pass this challenge on to you. Be the man you want your son to be, and the man you want your daughter to marry.

I started this work out with a quote by Chief Croker and I am going to end it with another for I feel that here he captures the spirit and the drive that we as firefighters have.

“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling. There is an adage which says that, “Nothing can be destroyed except by fire.” We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor. We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. (But, above all; our proudest endeavor is to save lives of men-the work of God Himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society.”


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