Firefighting demands a high degree of physical fitness for both productivity and safety. The higher level of physical fitness required to be a hotshot ensures crewmembers are able to safely accomplish the difficult tasks assigned to them. Daily physical training includes running, team building workouts and hiking.
All crew members are encouraged to maintain a rigorous training program to prepare for the fire season. During critical training hotshots will perform difficult, physical training testing crewmember's endurance. Hotshots are generally out-the-door and on the road immediately following required training in the spring.
During the first two days of employment rookies can expect to engage in testing consisting of the pack test, Hunchback Mountain power hike and testing in the fitness standards listed in the Standards for Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations:
- 1 ½ Mile Run in 10:35 or less
- 40 sit-ups in one minute
- 25 push-ups in one minute
- Chin-ups based on body weight (4-7)
The job as a hotshot requires a high level of fitness. It is strongly encouraged that hotshot applicants engage in a consistent, arduous routine to prepare for fire season.