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Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 3: The transition from criterion task to test

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: In this third communication, the processes for converting criterion occupational tasks into bona fide pre-employment selection tests are presented using urban firefighters as the worked example.

    Methods: A total of 14 individuals participated in potential screening tests that targeted three loaded movement categories: single-sided load carriage (4 tests), dragging loads (2 tests), and overhead pushing and holding objects (5 tests).

    Results: Seven tests emerged, one performed as an isolated pass/fail barrier test (ladder raise) and six incorporated into a sequential, timed circuit simulating hazmat incidents, ventilation fan carriage (stairs), motor-vehicle rescues, bushfire incidents, fire attacks, and a firefighter rescue.

    Conclusion: Because three tests provided predicted performance speeds to replicate the oxygen cost of firefighters performing the corresponding occupational simulations, notional performance thresholds could be projected and recommended for the final phase of this research.

UOW Authors


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

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Groeller, H., Fullagar, H. H.K.., Sampson, J. A., Mott, B. J. & Taylor, N. A.S.. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 3: The transition from criterion task to test. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1083-1091.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944400635

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3303

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 1083

End Page


  • 1091

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Objective: In this third communication, the processes for converting criterion occupational tasks into bona fide pre-employment selection tests are presented using urban firefighters as the worked example.

    Methods: A total of 14 individuals participated in potential screening tests that targeted three loaded movement categories: single-sided load carriage (4 tests), dragging loads (2 tests), and overhead pushing and holding objects (5 tests).

    Results: Seven tests emerged, one performed as an isolated pass/fail barrier test (ladder raise) and six incorporated into a sequential, timed circuit simulating hazmat incidents, ventilation fan carriage (stairs), motor-vehicle rescues, bushfire incidents, fire attacks, and a firefighter rescue.

    Conclusion: Because three tests provided predicted performance speeds to replicate the oxygen cost of firefighters performing the corresponding occupational simulations, notional performance thresholds could be projected and recommended for the final phase of this research.

UOW Authors


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

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Groeller, H., Fullagar, H. H.K.., Sampson, J. A., Mott, B. J. & Taylor, N. A.S.. Employment standards for Australian urban firefighters. Part 3: The transition from criterion task to test. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 57 (10): 1083-1091.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944400635

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3303

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 1083

End Page


  • 1091

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States