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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Aerobic Fitness for Staff

Reference No: 113/2014
Request Date: 10/12/2014

Request


NB:

  • ‘VO2 Max aerobic fitness standard’ refers to the measure for maximum oxygen intake (mL kg-1.min-1).
  • ‘Frontline personnel’ refers to whole-time and retained duty system firefighters, crew managers and watch managers, or the equivalent in your Authority.
  • ‘Senior officers’ refers to personnel at the level of station manager and above.
  • For questions 6 – 8 and 14 – 16, please provide the latest test results recorded by your Authority.
  • ‘Active duty’ refers to all types of emergencies to which firefighters in your Authority respond. It excludes Home Fire Safety Checks and any other non-emergency responses, as well as non-operational and desk-based roles.

Part 1 – Aerobic fitness for frontline personnel

1. Does your Authority have a VO2 Max aerobic fitness standard for frontline personnel? Please answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. (If ‘No’, please go to question 6.)

2. Please indicate what level of VO2 Max your Authority requires frontline personnel to maintain for active duty.

3. Please indicate the minimum level of VO2 Max below which your Authority classifies frontline personnel as ‘at risk’.

4. Please indicate the minimum level of VO2 Max below which your Authority requires frontline personnel to undertake remedial training.

5. Please indicate the minimum level of VO2 Max for frontline personnel, below which your Authority will initiate disciplinary proceedings.

6. What percentage of frontline personnel currently have a VO2 Max standard of 42 or above?

7. What percentage of frontline personnel currently have a VO2 Max standard of between 35 and 42?

8. What percentage of frontline personnel currently have a VO2 Max standard of below 35?

Part 2 – Aerobic fitness for senior officers

9. Does your Authority have a VO2 Max aerobic fitness standard for senior officers? Please answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. (If ‘No’, please go to question 14.)

10. Please indicate what level of VO2 Max your Authority requires senior officers to maintain for active duty.

11. Please indicate the minimum level of VO2 Max below which your Authority classifies senior officers as ‘at risk’.

12. Please indicate the minimum level of VO2 Max below which your Authority requires senior officers to undertake remedial training.

13. Please indicate the minimum level of VO2 Max for senior officers, below which your Authority will initiate disciplinary proceedings.

14. What percentage of senior officers currently have a VO2 Max standard of 42 or above?

15. What percentage of senior officers currently have a VO2 Max standard of between 35 and 42?

16. What percentage of senior officers currently have a VO2 Max standard of below 35?

Part 3 – Additional fitness standards

17. Does your Authority carry out any other additional fitness tests for either frontline personnel or senior officers? Please answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. (If ‘No’, please go to question 22.)

18. Please provide further details of the additional fitness tests your Authority carries out.

Part 4 – Fitness and capability dismissal

19. Since financial year 2010/11, against how many frontline personnel has your Authority initiated disciplinary proceedings on grounds of unsatisfactory fitness levels?

20. Since financial year 2010/11, against how many senior officers has your Authority initiated disciplinary proceedings on grounds of unsatisfactory fitness levels?

21. Please provide any documents or minutes of meetings which discuss firefighter fitness standards.

Response

Part 1 – Aerobic fitness for frontline personnel

1. Yes

2. 42

3. 35

4. 35

5.  As above, however in line with the latest Firefit guidance individuals will be given support and guidance to reach and maintain the required standard of fitness

6. 96.5%

7. 3%

8. 0.5%

Part 2 – Aerobic fitness for senior officers

9. Yes

10. As per frontline staff, 42

11. As per frontline staff

12. As per frontline staff

13. As per frontline staff

14. 100% of those tested

15. 0

16. 0

Part 3 – Additional fitness standards

17. Yes

18. If an individual’s fitness is in question then the Chester Treadmill Walk Test is supported by an appropriate test (treadmill or bike) using gas analysis to obtain an exact measure of fitness. As soon as they are fully released we will be adopting the FireFit proposed guideline which utilise drill-ground assessments for those failing to reach the gold standard of 42.

Part 4 – Fitness and capability dismissal

19. 0

20. 0

21. As attached – please note this is the current policy which is in the process of being updated in light of the FireFit guidelines which we are anticipating going live imminently.

Response