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. 

All applicants must attend and pass the Physical Fitness Assessment to be eligible to move forward in the hiring process.

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 each other. 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

5000m Bike Test

Minimum:
estimated 8 METS VO2 Max (28mL/Kg/min)

Standard:

Using your completion time of the bike test, your VO2 max will be calculated.  This test will be completed on a Concept2 BikeERG, set to a specific drag factor. The specific protocol, drag factor, and VO2 Max calculation will be shared in April 2024.

You can understand more about VO2 Max by watching this video