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Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 1: The essential, physically demanding tasks

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: This communication is the first of four describing the development of defensible firefighter-selection tests. The purpose was to identify a subset of essential, physically demanding tasks performed by contemporary urban firefighters.

    Methods: From existing procedural documentation and job analyses, 11 fire-station visits and interviews with 106 firefighters, and one focus-group meeting, 31 physically demanding tasks were identified and incorporated into a workforce survey. Using this tool, firefighters rated the importance, perceived difficulty, typical task durations, and annual performance frequency of each task.

    Results: Data from 989 respondents were analyzed, enabling a consolidation of these tasks into a subset of essential activities.

    Conclusions: These processes yielded a content-valid list of 15 essential, physically demanding tasks covering the full width of duties performed by urban firefighters from Australia's largest fire and rescue organization.

UOW Authors


  •   Taylor, Nigel A.S.. (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Hugh (external author)
  •   Mott, Brendan (external author)
  •   Sampson, John
  •   Groeller, Herb

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Taylor, N. A.S.., Fullagar, H. H. K., Mott, B. J., Sampson, J. A. & Groeller, H. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 1: The essential, physically demanding tasks. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1063-1071.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944386564

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3247

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 1063

End Page


  • 1071

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Objective: This communication is the first of four describing the development of defensible firefighter-selection tests. The purpose was to identify a subset of essential, physically demanding tasks performed by contemporary urban firefighters.

    Methods: From existing procedural documentation and job analyses, 11 fire-station visits and interviews with 106 firefighters, and one focus-group meeting, 31 physically demanding tasks were identified and incorporated into a workforce survey. Using this tool, firefighters rated the importance, perceived difficulty, typical task durations, and annual performance frequency of each task.

    Results: Data from 989 respondents were analyzed, enabling a consolidation of these tasks into a subset of essential activities.

    Conclusions: These processes yielded a content-valid list of 15 essential, physically demanding tasks covering the full width of duties performed by urban firefighters from Australia's largest fire and rescue organization.

UOW Authors


  •   Taylor, Nigel A.S.. (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Hugh (external author)
  •   Mott, Brendan (external author)
  •   Sampson, John
  •   Groeller, Herb

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Taylor, N. A.S.., Fullagar, H. H. K., Mott, B. J., Sampson, J. A. & Groeller, H. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 1: The essential, physically demanding tasks. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1063-1071.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944386564

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3247

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 1063

End Page


  • 1071

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States