Think you've got firefighting skills?Residents can learn what it takes to be a firefighter — and test their skills — Oct. 20
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
Capt. Kevin Rambo wants residents to know what it takes to be a firefighter. Not just to show how tough it can be, but also to drum up interest to get more volunteers.
The fire department will host a physical agility practice course at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at Fire Station No. 1 on Shannon Parkway.
Rambo said the practice course will give people an idea of the physical requirements of the job. The course will include a timed obstacle course that includes carrying hose bundles up and down stairs, carrying an exhaust fan, lifting a hose with pulley and a dummy drag. Additionally, participants will climb the ladder truck, which will be extended 75 feet at a 45 degree angle, in full bunker gear.
Fire chief Scott Aker said during the actual test, current staff can’t offer tips or instruction. During the practice session, current firefighters will be on hand to help teach technique and offer tips.
“It’s a good way to let people see what’s involved,” said Aker
By giving people the opportunity to do it in a practice setting, Aker said they hope it won’t be so intimidating when it comes time to recruit new members to the department.
“We are losing really good candidates because they’ve never done it before and it can be intimidating,” said Aker.
To participate in the practice course, participants must be at least 18 years of age and live within the city limits, or if outside the city, within four driving minutes to either of the city’s fire stations. Station #2 is located east of Highway 3 on the corner of Connemara Trail and Azalea Avenue.
Rambo said any adult is invited to come out and try the course whether they intend to apply, but hopes residents genuinely interested in joining the volunteer fire department will attend.
The practice session will not be a pre-qualifier for the annual orientation, written test and agility day that will be held in April.
“If they think it’s cool maybe they will come out for the real thing. I just want to generate some interest,” said Rambo.
The Rosemount Fire Department is a paid-on-call department that consists of 45 firefighters. The department responds to variety of emergencies including fires, medical calls and accidents. The department also hosts several events through the year to educate residents on fire dangers.
Participants in the practice test will be asked to sign a release form. If interested, e-mail email@example.com or call 651-322-2066. Please state a full name and confirm you will attend on Oct. 20 in the email.