Joe Wyatt
Published October 3, 2016

Amarillo College students pursuing careers as first responders will test their strength, stamina and speed at the First Responders Physical Challenge beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Carter Fitness Center on the Washington Street Campus.

Coed teams of AC students studying to become firefighters, law enforcers and EMTs will be assembled at random to compete in such activities as the StairMaster climb – a test of agility while lugging 70 pounds of excess weight – and the firehose relay.First Responders Homepage Graphic

The event is free and spectators are welcome.

The competitive activities will be from 9 a.m. to about 10 a.m.; however, displays showcasing AC’s Fire Protection Technology Program, the Emergency Medical Services Professions Program, and the Law Enforcement Academy will be staffed by program experts from 9-11 a.m.

“This is not only intended as a demonstration of these students’ excellent physical fitness, which they’ve got to maintain if they’re going to get jobs in these professions,” said Dennis Eaves, director of the Fire Protection Technology Program. “It’s a chance to present these programs to anyone who wants to learn more about them.

“We invite anyone who is interested in becoming a first responder or learning more about these public-safety professions and the programs of study we have at Amarillo College to come out, have fun and investigate.”