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Brian Hughes, captain of the Arrowhead Hotshots, died last weekend while fighting wildfires in California to save others. He’s a true bro. : HumansBeingBros

Brian Hughes, captain of the Arrowhead Hotshots, died last weekend while fighting wildfires in California to save others. He's a true bro. : HumansBeingBros

I just googled “hotshots” and look at their fucking fitness requirements:

In order to effectively perform their duties, Hotshots must maintain a high level of physical fitness. Whenever they are not on a fire assignment, crews devote at least one hour a day to physical training (PT)[citation needed]. This training can include steep hikes, weight lifting, and long-distance runs. Traditionally, 5- to 10-mile runs were the favored PT for hotshot crews. Recently, there has been a shift towards more hiking. On these hikes, Hotshots may climb without stopping for over an hour while carrying upwards of 60 lbs. in gear and tools.

The minimum recommended physical fitness standards for hotshots set by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group are: a 3-mile hike carrying a 60-pound pack in under 90 minutes, 1½-mile run in 10:30 or less, 25 push-ups in 60 seconds, 45 sit-ups in 60 seconds and 2 pull-ups.[16][5] However, for mobilization to an incident, it is mandated that they can at least perform 40 sit-ups, complete the run in 10:35, and do a variable amount of pull-ups (4-7) dependent on body weight.[5] These recommendations and standards are an absolute minimum and most hotshots’ capabilities far exceed those numbers. It is often mandated that all standards be completed consecutively, and that each hotshot also complete a 3-mile hike carrying a 45-pound pack in under 45 minutes.[citation needed] Aerobic fitness and the time it takes to reach a safety zone are highly correlated.[17]

These dudes are legit PT gods. That’s not to mention the absolute mastery of their craft. All of them are pretty much experts at every facet of being a firefighter.

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EDIT: turns out this is super interesting stuff. Look also at Smokejumpers. these guys do some cool shit