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PACK FOR THE PLATTE – Firefighter Pack Test for Charity!

Posted by Michele White on April 13, 2017 in Volunteer Opportunities


Want to prove your durability? Want to test your rugged, mountain-warrior, athletic prowess? Here is an opportunity to do all that PLUS contribute to a great cause:

Doing this: Running a Firefighter Pack Test – 45 pounds for 3 miles in 45 minutes

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), a long-standing resource protection nonprofit, is hosting the Pack for the Platte, a fundraiser to support wildfire
suppression and mitigation. This event is in conjunction with National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Similar to a traditional 5k race, this event provides a different kind of challenge, a requirement in becoming a wildland firefighter – The Work
Capacity Test. Annually, wildland firefighters prove their endurance. The most arduous level of this test requires carrying 45 pounds for 3 miles, completed within 45 minutes,  known as “The Pack Test”.

CUSP, partnering agencies, and local fire departments. Sponsored in part by Newmont Cripple Creek and Victor Mine.

WHEN:          Sunday, May 7, 2017, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. (Firefighters begin test at 9 a.m. General public begins at 11am)

WHERE:        New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Baptist Road Trailhead  (I-25 & Baptist Road), Monument, CO

WHY:  CUSP works with communities to proactively prepare for, and adapt to, wildfire. When wildfires strike, we are there to assist with suppression. CUSP has a crew of nine certified firefighters on our Wildland Fire Suppression Team. The mission of this specialized team is to protect water quality, economic, ecological, and community values of the Upper South Platte Watershed, which provides water to more than 75% of Colorado’s Central Front Range residents. We uphold this mission through
fuels mitigation, forest resiliency programs and wildfire suppression activities, with emphasis placed on the safety of the watershed community and of our wildland firefighters.  In addition to working with other fire crews in the region on suppression when
wildfires threaten communities and critical watersheds, we also use essential tools such as prescribed fire to proactively reduce the risk of high severity wildfires.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Register visit Or contact: Rachel Gurfinkel at 719-748-0033, or



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