Physical Fitness Assessment

Firefighting is a physically demanding job.  In order to do the job, there are minimum physical fitness standards that must be met.  Below are the minimum required fitness standards for the hiring class.  Each exercise has its minimum, written standard, and demonstration video.

Pushups

Minimum:
7 pushups at 80bpm

Standard:
From a full plank position (only feet and hands touching the floor), participants will lower him/herself down to a 5” prop, and press all the way up. This must be done in a cadence of 80 beats per minute. Participants will stop when no longer able to perform pushups or no longer able to maintain cadence.

Video:
Pushup demo

Side Plank

Minimum:
60 seconds on each side

Standard:
Participants will position their elbow directly under their shoulder and have their forearm flat on the ground. The participants’ feet will be stacked on top of eachother. The hand of the upper arm will rest on the hip in a bent elbow position. Participant will raise his/her hips off the ground to become a straight line from shoulder to ankles. Participants will hold this position until he/she comes down or is told by a proctor proper form is no longer being held.

Video:
Side Plank demo

1.5 mile run

Minimum:
estimated 8 METS

Standard:
The estimated METS is based on biological sex, weight, and 1.5 mile run time.

Your weight will be taken at time of testing.
METS will be calculated on this calculator here. This calculator is best used on a computer, not a phone.

Video:
MET calculator video