Firefighter Training

PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES OF TRAINING OFFICERS DURING LIVE FIRE TRAINING

Issue 9 and Volume 149.

PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES OF TRAINING OFFICERS DURING LIVE FIRE TRAINING BY BERNARD E. WILLIAMS, Ph.D.; STEWART R. PETERSEN, Ph.D.; and KYLA DOUGLAS, M.Sc. It has long been recognized that firefighting is one of the most physically demanding civilian occupations. This recognition has stimulated an interest in documenting the physical demands of various commonly performed job tasks1 and the development of appropriate tests for assessing firefighter fitness.2 In most jurisdictions, rigid physical fitness standards are strictly imposed when screening new recruits. Furthermore, many departments require annual testing and/or recertification to ensure that all front-line firefighters are medically and physically fit to perform their jobs. While it is patently obvious to most observers that firefighting is a physically demanding job, it sometimes is less evident that the job of training firefighters can be equally as strenuous and physically demanding. Many front-line firefighters perceive the role of the training officer as a support function…

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