Validity and Reliability of Firefighting Simulation Test Performance

Stevenson, Richard D. M., Siddall, Andrew G., Turner, Philip J. F. and Bilzon, James L. J. (2019) Validity and Reliability of Firefighting Simulation Test Performance. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ISSN 1536-5948

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Abstract

To assess the validity and reliability of a firefighting simulation test (FFST). Sixty-nine operational firefighters completed a best-effort FFST on one occasion and twenty-two participants completed a further FFST. All participants completed a maximal treadmill test to determine cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max). Time to complete the FFST demonstrated a strong inverse relationship with VO2max (r = -0.73), although the prediction error was high. Reliability of the FFST was high (r = 0.84, p = 0.01), demonstrating a coefficient of variation of 4.5%. The FFST demonstrated reasonable validity as a surrogate assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness for firefighting. The FFST also demonstrated good reliability. Given the apparent magnitude of the prediction error, the FFST would be best used as a training tool, rather than as a primary means of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness for firefighting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Firefighting, performance test, validity and reliability, physical fitness.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router Jisc
Depositing User: Publications Router Jisc
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 15:01
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 15:01
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4596

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