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FireFit Update on Fitness Standards and Research Richard Stevenson MSc PGD BSc MSMA Senior Health & Fitness Adviser South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. 2009 Recommendations: “….11. Further research is necessary to further quantify the energy requirements of firefighting.

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FireFit Update on Fitness

Standards and Research

Richard Stevenson MSc PGD BSc MSMA

Senior Health & Fitness Adviser

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service


2009 Recommendations:

“….11. Further research is necessary to further quantify the energy requirements of firefighting.

12. Further work needs to be undertaken to identify role specific fitness levels”.


  • VO2 expressed in ml/kg/min.

  • Key tasks identified and quantified in terms of VO2 .

  • Minimum level of aerobic capacity recommended for Royal Navy fire-fighters.


The tasks were:

  • Boundary Cooling

  • Drum Carry

  • Extinguisher Carry

  • Hose Run and

  • Ladder Climb



Research Project

  • Project Funding:

  • FireFit

  • CFOA

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership through Bath University


Firefighter Fitness Research

CFOA & FireFit

Bath University


Aims & Objectives

Title: The Classification of the Aerobic Demands of Firefighting

  • The primary objectives will include:

  • • To identify the most physically demanding key tasks performed by firefighters.

  • To quantify the aerobic demands of these key tasks

  • • To recommend role related, minimum levels of cardiorespiratory fitness for fire service personnel.


Aims & Objectives

  • The key tasks may include the following scenarios:

  • • Hose Running.

  • Foam Drum Carry.

  • Wildland Fire Supression.

  • Forced Door Entry and Casualty Evacuation.

  • Equipment Carry with Vertical Ascent / Descent.

  • Equipment Carry in Rural Situation.


Next Step

  • Consultation Process:

  • All Fire & Rescue Services - Fitness Advisers

  • - Occupational Health

  • - Human Resources

  • - Operational Departments

  • Unions & Rep Bodies - FBU

    • - HSE

  • Scientific Community - Kevin Sykes (Chester University)

    • - Mark Rayson (OP Ltd)


Dr James Bilzon BSc MSc PhD.

Director of Studies in Sport & Exercise Medicine.

University of Bath


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