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Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 2: The physiological demands and the criterion tasks

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: The physiological demands of 15 essential, physically demanding fire-fighting tasks were investigated to identify criterion tasks for bona fide recruit selection.

    Methods: A total of 51 operational firefighters participated in discrete, field-based occupational simulations, with physiological responses measured throughout.

    Results: The most stressful tasks were identified and classified according to dominant fitness attributes and movement patterns. Three movement classes (single-sided load carriage [5 tasks], dragging loads [4 tasks], and overhead pushing and holding objects [2 tasks]) and one mandatory strength task emerged. Seven criterion tasks were identified. Load holding and carriage dominated these movement patterns, yet no task accentuated whole-body endurance.

    Conclusion: Material handling movements from each classification must appear within a physical aptitude (selection) test for it to adequately represent the breadth of tasks performed by Australian urban firefighters.

UOW Authors


  •   Taylor, Nigel A.S.. (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Hugh (external author)
  •   Sampson, John
  •   Notley, Sean (external author)
  •   Burley, Simon (external author)
  •   Lee, Daniel Steven. (external author)
  •   Groeller, Herb

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Taylor, N. A.S.., Fullagar, H. H. K., Sampson, J. A., Notley, S. R.., Burley, S. D., Lee, D. S. & Groeller, H. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 2: The physiological demands and the criterion tasks. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1072-1082.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944402805

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3248

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 1072

End Page


  • 1082

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Objective: The physiological demands of 15 essential, physically demanding fire-fighting tasks were investigated to identify criterion tasks for bona fide recruit selection.

    Methods: A total of 51 operational firefighters participated in discrete, field-based occupational simulations, with physiological responses measured throughout.

    Results: The most stressful tasks were identified and classified according to dominant fitness attributes and movement patterns. Three movement classes (single-sided load carriage [5 tasks], dragging loads [4 tasks], and overhead pushing and holding objects [2 tasks]) and one mandatory strength task emerged. Seven criterion tasks were identified. Load holding and carriage dominated these movement patterns, yet no task accentuated whole-body endurance.

    Conclusion: Material handling movements from each classification must appear within a physical aptitude (selection) test for it to adequately represent the breadth of tasks performed by Australian urban firefighters.

UOW Authors


  •   Taylor, Nigel A.S.. (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Hugh (external author)
  •   Sampson, John
  •   Notley, Sean (external author)
  •   Burley, Simon (external author)
  •   Lee, Daniel Steven. (external author)
  •   Groeller, Herb

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Taylor, N. A.S.., Fullagar, H. H. K., Sampson, J. A., Notley, S. R.., Burley, S. D., Lee, D. S. & Groeller, H. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 2: The physiological demands and the criterion tasks. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1072-1082.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944402805

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3248

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 1072

End Page


  • 1082

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States