• Improving Agility for Firefighters
    Firefighters should have highly trained levels of agility to respond to unstable surface changes and variable environmental changes that can happen while fighting a fire. Agility is the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction quickly and efficiently while maintaining control of the body. This article discusses using the box drill to improve firefighter footwork and agility.
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  • Agility for FirefightersAgility Overview

    Firefighters should have highly trained levels of agility to respond to unstable surface changes and variable environmental changes that can happen while fighting a fire. Agility is the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction quickly and efficiently while maintaining control of the body. Training for agility will also increase balance, proprioception, and body awareness

    In order to move quickly while wearing bulky firefighting equipment, you must first have the ability to move your own bodyweight quickly. If agility is not trained in the gym, the chances of controlling your bodyweight plus a constantly shifting equipment load in a stressful situation are not favorable.

    Training for agility will help a firefighter’s footwork become automatic so they can get out of a dangerous situation quickly without consciously thinking about their feet. Agility drills should be included at the beginning of the workout since the emphasis should be on quality of footwork. The firefighter should be instructed to move as fast as possible while maintaining control of their body.

    The box drill is an agility drill that can be included in a firefighter’s strength and conditioning program (Figures 1a–e). Ensure that the firefighter starts from both ends of the box to train the drill in right and left directions.

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    Figure 1a. Starting Position

     
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    Figure 1b. Sprint Forward  

     
    Figure 1c_Box Drills

    Figure 1c. Shuffle Left  

     
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    Figure 1d. Backpedal  

     
    Figure 1e_Box Drills

    Figure 1e. Shuffle Right (Back to Start) 

     
        
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