Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Recruits Begin First Days of Training

June 17, 2020

The latest group of fire recruits with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services began their day yesterday with the start of physical training (PT) and an overview of the training facility.

Being a firefighter is a physically demanding occupation because they have to perform heavy physical labor under extreme environmental conditions.  Cardiovascular exercise is important because firefighters must respond to an ever-changing set of environmental conditions for extended periods of time.

Fire Instructor, Jim Laughlin, puts the recruits through several different areas of training including flexibility exercises to help the human body in general and to be able to reach farther and bend better. Aerobic exercises help the body work hard for a long time and anaerobic exercises, like lifting weights, make the arms and legs stronger.

Yesterday, the new recruits also took a tour of the fire training complex including the concrete “live fire” structure, a multi-story concrete training tower to assist with search and rescue training evolutions, an apparatus classroom containing showers, and fitness room.  

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Instructor, Jim Laughlin, leads the recruits in doing push-ups.
Instructor, Jim Laughlin, leads the recruits in doing push-ups. (click image for slideshow)
The recruits receive instruction from Instructor, Jim Laughlin.
The recruits receive instruction from Instructor, Jim Laughlin.
Fire recruit take a tour of the training tower.
Fire recruit take a tour of the training tower.
Jim Laughlin, Instructor, looks over the latest group of fire recruits.
Jim Laughlin, Instructor, looks over the latest group of fire recruits.