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Chief Fire Officer Association Paul Hancock, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Update on National Aerobic Fitness Standards Fire Brigade Union John McGhee, FBU.

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2 Chief Fire Officer Association Paul Hancock, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Update on National Aerobic Fitness Standards Fire Brigade Union John McGhee, FBU National Officer FireFit Steering Group Paul Wilsher & Rich Stevenson

3 FireFit Steering group Key summary findings of FRS fitness policies and practices survey Paul Wilsher

4 Key areas Fitness policy Fitness testing of operational personnel Aerobic standards – gender, age, role adjustments Testing frequency and protocols used Supervision & Qualifications Watch PTI courses

5 Respondents Questionnaire sent to 62 CFOs UK & Channel Islands in March Responses (69%) received between April – June did not respond

6 Policy 30 FRSs (70%) have a fitness policy 9 have a policy in development 4 do not have a policy

7 Dedicated Fitness Adviser 7 FRSs employ a part-time or dual role fitness adviser

8 Fitness adviser Qualifications 13 FRSs stated that their fitness adviser held a Sports Science based Degree Other typical qualifications were diverse: – NVQ level 3 – HND, HNC – REPS level 3 personal trainer Need for a person specification for role?

9 Fitness Assessments 35 FRSs (81%) carry out fitness testing

10 Fitness Testing Frequency

11 Aerobic Fitness Standard 18 apply VO 2 standard of 42mlO 2 /kg/min 9 apply modified standard for age 7 apply modified standard for age and gender Some operate a role related policy 28 FRSs (65%) remove from operational duties (range <22 - <38mlO 2 /kg/min)

12 Primary Protocols 15 FRSs use gas analysis to underpin primary protocol

13 Watch PTIs 19 FRSs stated that they had watch PTIs – Trained predominantly ‘in-house’ – Training ranges from 1-10 days 8 FRSs deliver externally accredited courses e.g. Level 2 gym instructor – YMCA, ActiveIQ

14 Summary Majority of FRSs have fitness policies – Fitness issues now taken seriously Disparity of policy, direction and standard Survey results – Further debate – Sharing best practice Target to result in more uniform approach to fire fighter health and fitness

15 Thank you to all respondents Full details & report will be available at


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