Physical law enforcement and firefighters requirements



Posted on May 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 7:08 PM

Which of these requirements could you pass?

SPOKANE, Wash. -- All local law enforcement officers and firefighters have to pass a physical fitness test to be hired, so 2 on Your Side looked into those requirements and they differ from agency to agency.

Law enforcement in Washington and Idaho base their test on “Cooper Fitness Standards.” If you want to be a Spokane Police Officer or county deputy, you must be able to do:

  • 21 push-ups
  • At least 30 sit-ups in a minute
  • Run 1.5 miles in less than 15 minutes

Washington State Patrol Troopers hold their male troopers to a higher standard. They require more push-ups, sit-ups and a much quicker run time of 12 minute 29 seconds.

Idaho officers and deputies have the lowest requirements for their officers. They must be able to do:

  • 15 sit-ups in a minute
  • 17-minute run

Officers in Washington do not have to maintain that fitness throughout their careers.

The most physically challenging test was the entrance exam for Spokane Firefighters. In less than eight minutes, they must:

  • Climb a 150-foot ladder wearing 47 lbs. of gear in four minutes
  • Raise and lower a 35-foot ladder
  • Carry a 70 lb. pack up and down three floors
  • Drive a 162 lb. sled with a sledgehammer five feet
  • Drag a 170 lb. dummy 100 feet