Title

Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 4: Physical aptitude tests and standards

RIS ID

103560

Publication Details

Fullagar, H. H.K.., Sampson, J. A., Mott, B. J., Burdon, C. A., Taylor, N. A.S.. & Groeller, H. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 4: Physical aptitude tests and standards. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1092-1097.

Abstract

Objective: Firefighter physical aptitude tests were administered to unskilled subjects and operational firefighters to evaluate the impact that testing bias associated with gender, age, activity-specific skills, or task familiarity may have upon establishing performance thresholds. Methods: These tests were administered in sequence, simulating hazmat incidents, ventilation fan carriage (stairs), motor-vehicle rescues, bushfire incidents, fire attacks, and a firefighter rescue. Participants included two unskilled samples (N = 14 and 22) and 143 firefighters. Results: Firefighter performance was not significantly different from the unskilled subjects. Participants from both genders passed the test, with scores unrelated to performance skill or age; however, familiarization significantly improved performance when the test was repeated. Conclusion: These outcomes confirmed this test to be gender-, age-, and skill-neutral. Familiarization effects could be removed through performing a single, pre-selection trial of the test battery.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000528