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Old 07-24-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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I did some searching through the archives and found some interesting posts, but I'm looking for some functional training books. Specifically I'm training for fitness selection for Search and Rescue tech. If anyone has any suggestions geared in that area I'd appreciate it. Thanks a bunch
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Old 07-24-2006, 02:13 PM   #2
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Moving to Community.

Lots of prior discussion on books for training; but specifically for search & rescue might be a new one.

Lots of firefighters on the board, though . . . you should get an answer.
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Old 07-24-2006, 02:49 PM   #3
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if you're talking technical/over-the-edge rescue, just look for some climbing books - or get ahold of rob miller and/or mark twight.

bottom line, if you know what's involved, e.g. litter tending, ascending, litter loading/carrying, you should be able to create some specific training for it without much difficulty.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:49 PM   #4
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There's a great book called "On Rope" all about technical rope-work...a must have for everyone from arborists to rescue personell.

If you're looking for training books as far as functional fitness goes, why not pick up some back-issues of the Crossfit Journal and the Performance Menu? They have basically everything you might need. From there, I would suggest Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe above any other book on strength-training that I have ever read.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:50 PM   #5
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I know a lot of firefighter friends of mine love incorporating work-style GPP into their fitness programs (i.e. w/crossfit or other strength and conditioning modality). Shovel lifting, rock carrying, strongman lifts, weighted carrying, sledgehammer work, etc. are all fair game. Dan John has a fantastic video on carrying weight, which i believe is available on the crossfit norcal site (don't quote me on that). Steve Justa's book Rock, Iron, Steel also has some interesting stuff on odd lifts, partial lifts and so on.
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Old 07-24-2006, 05:22 PM   #6
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Yeah I have a few FD friends as well, (being a medic). I'm doing selection for SAR Tech with the Canadian Forces and its not limited to climbing, but rather all terrains. IE; climbing, marine/helicopter rescue, parachuting, diving, etc. It's a pretty obscure area so I wasnt sure if they had any books specifically for fitness regarding that area. Thanks for the help so far though guys.
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Old 07-25-2006, 05:59 AM   #7
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Chris,

Check out Scubaboard for information on the diving portion of your quest. It's another good open forum.

http://www.scubaboard.com

and enter the forums and follow the link " Technical Diving Specialties" and then enter the " Public Safety Divers" forum.

If you want, we can go and get lost under the mighty Ottawa river sometime... A whole two feet of visibility on a good day!

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Old 07-25-2006, 05:37 PM   #8
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Check out SOLO and some of the other wilderness medicine places online, they have a lot of books that deal with what you are interested in.

http://www.soloschools.com/

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Yes, and their Wilderness First Responder's course is absolutely top-notch. I would definitely recommend it for the area you are pursuing!
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:59 PM   #10
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Chris,
I'm sure you've seen this already:

Pre-Selection Phase

SAR Tech Maintenance Test
Hand Grip Strength Test
20 metre shuttle run which increases tempo/pace every 30 seconds
Minimum Level 8
Maximum Number of non-stop push-ups
Maximum Number of sit-ups in 60 seconds
Lifting a 40kg weight from the floor onto a 1.5 metre high platform

SAR Tech PT Test
1.5 mile run (less than 10 minutes 15 seconds)
31 push-ups
33 sit-ups
8 chin-ups
450 metre shuttle run
2x 6 metre rope climb
All within 17 minutes

SAR Tech Swim Test
685 Metre swim

All within 20 Minutes

Stew Smith has a 12 week Navy SEAL book that's great, mix in some Crossfit and ruck marches.

Good Luck.
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