Friday, August 8, 2014

Ruby Mountain Hot Shot Crew Wins BLM Fitness Challenge

Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew

The Ruby Mountain Interagency Hot Shot crew was recently awarded the BLM Interagency Hot Shot Crew Fitness Challenge Trophy for having the crew with the highest average physical fitness score of 11 crews across the nation…

The purpose of the BLM National Fire Operations Fitness Challenge is to create a system that measures an individual's level of fitness, help them create goals, track their fitness improvements and provide recognition for individual efforts. The Ruby Mountain Hot Shots scored an average 312.6 points with the top score belonging to Tim Hart with 381 points.

Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew

The IHC Fitness Challenge Trophy was created to take fitness a step further and promote healthy competition between the BLM Interagency Hotshot Crews. The trophy features two full size Pulaskis with all 11 BLM Hotshot Crew's insignias etched into the handles, multiple placards for commemorating each year's victor and a hook for hanging the current trophy holders hard hat during the year of their accomplishment.

The test consists of four exercises: push ups, pull ups, sit ups and a 1.5 mile or 3 mile run. The individual is given points for each category which is then totaled and averaged for the crew. In 2013 – its inaugural year - the Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshots of BLM Alaska were awarded the trophy for averaging a score of 311 out of a possible 400 points.

"This award is a great accomplishment for the crew and it shows that our employees are dedicated to their fitness and setting the example for the fire community," said Ruby Mountain IHC Superintendent Craig Cunningham. "If you want to be the best, then you have to beat the best."

By: Lesli Ellis-Wouters, BLM Nevada

Reprinted from "The BLM Daily," July 22, 2014

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