On a crisp morning the second day of this year, nearly a dozen firefighting recruits climbed to the top of Daisy Mountain, just one of many team-building fitness challenges in a weeks-long pre-academy program to prepare them to join Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical.
The 11 men are now in the middle of full-on academy training, an additional 14-week journey whipping their minds and bodies into shape. It’s not about benching 300 pounds or running a 6-minute mile—though weight training and conditioning are part of the daily drills.
“Recruits need to adequately perform the job,” explained DMFM spokesperson Brent Fenton. Among the thresholds:
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- Don a self-contained breathing apparatus in 35 seconds or less.
- Hook up a fire truck to a hydrant within 1 minute and 15 seconds.
- Pull a hose 200 feet and get water flowing in less than 3 minutes.
Under the tutelage of 16-year DMFM veteran Captain Matt Wood, the newbies are also learning key skills of the trade beyond firefighting, from emergency medicine and vehicle extrication to hazardous materials response and search and rescue.
Just as only the most qualified applicants make it to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Titan Games,” these 11 were screened before they hiked the mountain, and all are expected to pass the academy.
“The hiring process is a very competitive and rigorous process set up to weed out any individuals not fit for the position,” Fenton said.
The recruits will fill current vacancies and positions opening due to retirements. You may see them on fire trucks as “probationary firefighters” by late April.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the homes we have “coming soon” in this incredibly tight market:
Pool with Swim-up Snack Bar!
Upgraded Majesty model on cul-de-sac with lovely landscaping.
W St. Exupery Court, Anthem Parkside
4 BEDS + CASITA | 3.5 BATHS | 2-CAR GARAGE | 2,915 SQFT | $455,000
Upgraded Patio Home!
Master on 1st floor, premier end-lot overlooking green space! Close to school, park, shopping.
W Murfield Court, Anthem Paseo
4 BEDS | 2.5 BATHS | 2-CAR GARAGE | 1,772 SQFT | $269,000
NEW POOL and Sweeping Views!
End of quiet cul-de-sac, backyard faces east at Anthem’s edge.
N Long Landing Court, Anthem Country Club
4 BEDS + CASITA | 4.5 BATHS | 2-CAR GARAGE | 3,556 SQFT | $590,000
Large View Lot Near 1st Gate!
Bennington with 14-foot ceilings, fireplace, no homes behind!
N Moss Springs Road, Anthem Country Club
3 BEDS | 2.5 BATHS | 3-CAR GARAGE | 2,542 SQFT | $440,000
Stunning Backyard + RV Parking!
Spacious Wonder model on east-facing view lot with 3-car garage and paved RV Parking.
N 50th Drive, Arroyo Grande
4 BEDS + Office + Teen Room + “Attic” | 3.5 BATHS | 3-CAR GARAGE | 4,009 SQFT | $449,000
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