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

Journal Article


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.

UOW Authors


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

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • 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.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944405706

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3286

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1092

End Page


  • 1097

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States

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.

UOW Authors


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

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • 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.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84944405706

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3286

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1092

End Page


  • 1097

Volume


  • 57

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United States