FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – David Goggins is a man of many hats but is mainly known by his four million followers on Instagram for pushing his body to the limits, which seems to be continuing in Fort St. John.
Many community members have posted to Facebook groups after seeing the New York Times best-selling author and marathon runner on local trails wondering why he is here.
Energeticcity confirmed that Goggins is undergoing a new recruit boot camp for the next six weeks in Fort St. John to become a smokejumper.
Through his Instagram feed, Goggins can be seen providing his life experiences while running on trails throughout the city, including near the Fort St. John Hospital.
Smokejumpers, also known as ‘parattack crews’ are trained to parachute from fixed-wing aircraft, called Jumpships, to fires in hard-to-access locations, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
The Prince George Fire Centre couldn’t reveal any more information pertaining to Goggins due to its privacy guidelines on employment and recruitment status.
Based on the BCWS recruitment process timeline, invites are sent out in mid-March, and job offers are extended in May.
Field training takes place from late April through mid-May, and there are six camps in total with around 60 new recruits. They will also be required to complete 16 online modules.
Goggins has been a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience multiple times throughout the years, and in 2013, he set the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups in 17 hours with 4,030, which he held the record until 2013.
He is also an ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete and retired Navy SEAL and former United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member.