That's a concern.....women can do it, they just need to learn a good technique is all.
My struggle with the dummy is not the weight, it's my tiny hands vs. huge gorilla wrists on the dummy. (My hands don't even go halfway around). I know a lot of big guys and have yet to meet one with wrists that huge. Plus flesh is squishy, rescue randy is not, lol.
I always say I'd do the drag under the armpits but I find they quickly discourage people from doing it because its awkward returning it to the starting position. I plan on doing a practice prep before renewing my real prep, so I might just give it a go anyway and see if I fare better
I like how the west coast police services have a rope on the dummy that you can use to drag. id rather ATS do something like that than decrease the weight for women.
I can believe the simulated gravel based on photos from the ATS Twitter feed. The first draft I hear had the dummy in a simulated car you had to pull the dummy out of then drag away. The staff protested that because it would take forever to reset (not to mention a real risk of injury if you have to reset a dummy 300 times).
I did my PREP re-cert a few months ago, and I got the impression the new test would be out in less than 6 months. My guess would be towards 2016 they will have it finalized and implemented.
I've seen people at test sessions that look like they haven't been inside a gym or outside jogging in 20 years, that still pass the PREP.
It is far too easy for people with poor physical health to pass a 2 minute test.
Make the test longer and the applicants who pass it will be people that have shown serious commitment to their physical well-being.
They really need to make the new testing longer.
The tunnel idea sounds incredibly pointless.
I can't think how crawling would relate to daily police duties. (Imagine the mud and grass stains they'd have to clean off their gear and uniform afterwards)
I'd think having the applicants:
-jog several track laps for time (give them 60 seconds to report to next phase)
-now do the full PREP components (keep the 2:42 standard, rest again for 60 sec)
-pushups / core endurance tests for points (then 10 minute standard rest time before shuttle run)
-and finally shuttle run to their max score (6.5 should just be the minimum, extra points for going higher)
(6.5 is doable by at least 50% of the population - this is such a low cutoff, not to mention police will be weighted down during their duties with a vest / duty belt / tac boots)
Firefighter testing is *much* harder.
-30lbs weight vest and 10lbs ankle weights worn during testing (not 9lbs belt like police test)
-200lbs dummy (not 150) -55lbs ladder raise overhead -85lbs rope bundle on shoulder, stair climb -etc, etc.
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