Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Overcoming Obstacles in Firefighter Recruit Training

July 15, 2020

Cherokee County Firefighter Recruits are nearing the end of their 5th week of training at the Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Training Center.

The recruits have gone through numerous hours of classroom training.  However, in order to be the best firefighter that you can be, recruits are required to go through extensive fitness training to become “firefighter strong.”

This morning, the fire recruits went through the training center’s obstacle course which requires the students to go over and under walls, crawl through tubes, pull a hose on a rope and use a sledge hammer on a tire.  Jim Laughin, Training Officer, stated that the age range of the recruits this year is from 18 to 59.

Students who go through firefighter training will have comprehensive classroom instruction, which includes training in firefighting techniques and equipment use.  After the 20 weeks of firefighting training, the students will then switch over to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.  This training will take another 20 weeks to complete.

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Fire recruits going over a wall at the obstacle course.
Fire recruits going over a wall at the obstacle course. (click image for slideshow)
Fifty-nine year old, Eddie Mason, makes his way through the pipe.
Fifty-nine year old, Eddie Mason, makes his way through the pipe.
Firefighter recruits learn how to go through tight spaces.
Firefighter recruits learn how to go through tight spaces.
A firefighter recruit pulls a fire hose that is on a rope.
A firefighter recruit pulls a fire hose that is on a rope.
Training Officer, Jim Lauglin, motivates the recruits after going through the obstacle course today.
Training Officer, Jim Lauglin, motivates the recruits after going through the obstacle course today.