I would agree that you shouldn’t be concerned with peaking, but building a increased work capacity and a moderately high strength base with a relatively high level of anaerobic conditioning. What’s your training history and what equipment do you have access to? I’m a career firefighter and have been through a couple of fire academies. A lot of larger departments still employ a military basic training style of Physical training relying on moderate-long distance running and calisthenics due to the sheer number of recruits in a class. More and more departments are going to a metabolic conditioning/Firefighter Combat Challenge style of PT though, which reflects the job better to be honest.
Sorry late reply, and thanks for responding.
I’m actually a career firefighter now. I went through the DoD fire academy, immediately after going through basic military training. Honestly thought it was a breeze then but I was in the best shape of my life at that point. And I’m in much worse shape now, carrying a lot more body fat and not slugging our 6+ mile runs anymore (I’m working up to it again).
The academy/dep I’ll be going through is very para military. They’ve gone the route of the combat challenge/HIIT/crossfit and actually have fully equipped gyms for that function for 50ish recruits at a time.
At the station I have a sufficient weight room and cardio room.. often times I’ll make circuits with kettlebells, rower, farmers carries, sprints and kaiser sled... just get creative.
I split the time 50/50 with my wife with our infant at home, it’s been too cold to take her running outside with me, so I’ve resorted to buying a few kettlebells a rower, jump rope and a box for jumps at home. When it warms up I’ll be able to take her running outside.