Physical Training (PT) in the academy is structured and challenging
for any fitness level. Cadets participate in some form of PT every day
of the academy. The purpose of PT is to not only improve the health
and fitness of the cadet but to also encourage team building and
personal accountability that will inspire the cadet to continue physical
fitness throughout their career here at Austin-Travis County EMS.
Physical training consists of a balance of aerobic
conditioning as well as weight training. In the first week of the
academy, a VO2 aerobic fitness assessment is performed on each cadet
through a 2000m row test, a 1.5 mile run test and a muscle endurance
test all completed in 3 consecutive days. That information is recorded
and the assessment is repeated at the end of the academy to evaluate
fitness improvement. (See Chart Below)
Each week of the academy PT consists of intense aerobic
exercise including rowing, long distance runs, sprint runs, interval
runs, and tower stair climbing. Weight training is incorporated in at
least 3 out of the 5 days of training per week. Weight training is
performed in a circuit routine with dynamic lifting, focusing on
conditioning and building functional muscle groups essential in EMS.
Weight training includes weight baring dynamic squats, band training,
and core strength and muscle endurance routines with upper body training
using dumb bells, medicine balls, and kettle bells. Callisthenic
exercises are also a large part of the everyday PT routine including
Most cadets show a significant increase in their aerobic
capacity and overall fitness. The Academy continues to refine the cadet
PT program to ensure the best wellness and fitness to prepare the cadets
for a long healthy career.
The Academy staff continues to play a role in the OMD ALS Academy. The ALS Academy gave our Medic I (BLS) providers the opportunity to credential into the Medic II (paramedic) position. This Academy consisted of 1-8 hour day a week for 16 weeks. AT the end of the 16 weeks, each provider then completed a comprehensive exam along with an oral interview with the medical director. In 2016, 33 EMS department candidates participated in the OMD ALS Academy.