Physical Employment Standards for UK Firefighters: Minimum Muscular Strength and Endurance Requirements

Stevenson, Richard D. M., Siddall, Andrew G., Turner, Philip J. F. and Bilzon, James L. J. (2017) Physical Employment Standards for UK Firefighters: Minimum Muscular Strength and Endurance Requirements. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59 (1). pp. 74-79. ISSN 1536-5948

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Abstract

Objective: To assess sensitivity and specificity of surrogate physical ability tests as predictors
of criterion firefighting task performance and to identify corresponding minimum muscular
strength and endurance standards. Methods: Fifty-one (26 male; 25 female) participants
completed three criterion tasks (ladder lift, ladder lower, ladder extension) and three
corresponding surrogate tests (One-repetition maximum (1RM) seated shoulder press; 1RM
seated rope pull-down; repeated 28 kg seated rope pull-down). Surrogate test standards were
calculated that best identified individuals who passed (sensitivity; true positives) and failed
(specificity; true negatives) criterion tasks. Results: Best sensitivity/specificity achieved were
1.00/1.00 for a 35 kg seated shoulder press, 0.79/0.92 for a 60 kg rope pull-down and 0.83/0.93
for 23 repetitions of the 28 kg rope pull-down. Conclusions: These standards represent
performance on surrogate tests commensurate with minimum acceptable performance of
essential strength-based occupational tasks in UK firefighters.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: J Occup Environ Med 2017; 59(1): 74-79. DOI:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000926
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical employment standards; firefighting; muscular strength; muscular endurance; physical fitness; sensitivity and specificity.
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Andy Siddall
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 16:09
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 16:09
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4356

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