Commit To Your Career

Over the years, we have helped thousands – yes, thousands – earn the badge. At, we work with candidates through not only private coaching but also guide them along when they choose a more independent route. We hear from candidates when they succeed. We hear from candidates when they feel they have hit a wall. And, we can help them turn the corner. Here is what I mean.

Hello Capt. Bob,

I have read a lot about you on the “perfect firefighter” site. And, after visiting your site, I feel confident that you can help me.

I am 34 years old. I have recently completed the pre-employment process for the L.A. County Fire Department. I want this job more than anything. And, I will do anything to get it and keep it.

I spent 5 years in the Navy so I am not really concerned about the paramilitary lifestyle or the head games that will be played. But I am concerned with my physical fitness. Since I am an older candidate and work a full-time job (approx. 60-75 hours per week) it doesn’t leave me a lot of time for conditioning. Right now, I am running 1.5 to 3 miles 3-4 days a week. I try to add strength training.

So, my question to you is this: 1) At this pace, do you think I will be ready by March? And 2) If not, what should I work on and how much additional work should I be doing?

I welcome any advice or recommendations that you can offer. I’m not sure if there is a fee for your help, but I would do anything to have confidence that I will make it.  I may be making a mountain out of a molehill. I have no idea what to expect during the tower. What I know is that this is the career I chosen. I do not want to fail.

Thank you in advance for your help and or advice.

Future firefighter,


And, here is my response to help Glen


Thanks for reaching out. I am glad to help.

Here’s the truth – you must find a way to back off those hours at work and do more to get ready physically for that academy. This is no joke. I have seen more than a few candidates  – at all ages –  get washed out because they weren’t physically ready. So, you want to figure that out.

Yes, you need to get going on strength training. It is a MUST! Check-in with LA County training. Ask them if they have information on what programs they recommend to get you ready. This information is invaluable.

Here is another thought. Making the commitment to become a firefighter is hard work. This hard work is an investment in a fantastic career – your fantastic career. Remember this. You are going for all the marbles. Go to a gym and ask a personal trainer to get you started on a routine. Check-in with a fire department and ask the newest firefighters what they did getting ready. Make an anonymous posting on the PFF asking this same question. Check out the physical agility section of our FREE “101 Inside Secrets How to Get A Badge” on our website.

Let me know if I can help you further. I am more than happy to help. Good luck. And, remember – Absolutely nothing counts ’til you have the badge. Nothing!

Captain Bob