SweaterCollection I'm probably a huge dork for saying this, but this shit has been posted on other websites and discussed before. The firemen involved are practicing for a sort of ritual competition and nobody on any firefighting force anywhere would expect anybody to behave anything like this in anything resembling a real situation. It is not a firefighter exam.
Adham Nu'man No it shouldn't, because #1 Firefighters should never train without the full gear, as moving with gear is a completely different story than moving without gear. #2 That is an extendable aluminum ladder, which is neither heat-proof nor electricity proof; a real scenario would usually involve a fiberglass ladder which is much much heavier and their maneuver would result in almost guaranteed back injuries with it.
That being said, these guys are fucking ninjas!
Old People All the guys at my firehouse are fat, except for the two other skinny guys who I could never convince to do this because they're too busy drinking :(
Cube It's essential that firemen can trap themselves on the second floor of a burning building immediately, as soon as they get to the scene.