Flint hill fire department general policy



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FLINT HILL FIRE DEPARTMENT


GENERAL POLICY


Policy Number: 212.02

Policy Title: Physical Agility Test

Adopted: 01/17/2014

Rescinds: New
Approved By: (Chief)


  1. PURPOSE:

This policy describes the Physical Agility Test (PAT) administered by the Flint Hill Fire Department (FHFD).





  1. DISCUSSION:

Firefighting is an activity that from time to time requires extreme physical exertion in compressed time frames, sometimes under life or death conditions. The purpose of the FHFD Physical Agility Test (PAT) is to help assess if a participant has the capability of meeting the physical demands of firefighting. The PAT is administered to prospective new hires and current suppression personnel.


Personnel who have completed a similar PAT in another jurisdiction may be given credit for that PAT in lieu of completing the FHFD PAT. The substitute PAT must be similar enough to the FHFD PAT to determine the participant has been evaluated to the same standard. The decision to accept an alternate PAT rests with the FHFD Training Officer.


  1. POLICY:


OVERVIEW


  1. There are two components used in scoring – a participant’s ability to successfully complete a task and the amount of time it takes to complete the entire test. A participant must successfully complete every task and complete the test in 8 minutes or less in order to pass.

  2. The test is broken into two parts encompassing 8 tasks. Part One contains 2 untimed tasks. Part Two contains 6 timed tasks.

  3. Prospective new hires must complete a medical release form prior to taking the test. See attachment 212.02 PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST MEDICAL RELEASE.

  4. An overview is provided for participants to review prior to taking the test. See attachment 212.02 PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST OVERVIEW.

PART ONE

  1. Task 1 – Tread Mill: 3 minute walk at 3 mph with a 10% incline after a 20 second warm up.

  2. Task 2 – Ladder Climb: Climb a 24 ft extension ladder, tap a target with one hand, climb back down.


PART TWO


  1. Task 3 – Hose Drag: Drag 200 ft of uncharged 1.75” hose 100 ft around a barrel and stop in a designated area. Drop to a knee in the designated area and pull 50 ft of hose into the designated area.




  1. Task 4 – Equipment Carry: Remove 2 five gallon foam buckets from a waist high shelf one at a time. Carry them 50 ft around a cone and return to the shelf. Place them back on the shelf one at a time.




  1. Task 5 – Ladder Raise: Raise a 14 ft roof ladder against a wall. Using a prop simulate raising a 24 ft extension ladder to full extension.




  1. Task 6 – Forcible Entry: Using a Keiser Machine move a 150 lb weight 5 ft, striking the weight with a 9 lb dead weight hammer.




  1. Task 7 – Breach and Pull: Using a 10 ft Pike Pole push a weight up 4 times and pull a weight down 4 times. Repeat this sequence 4 times.




  1. Task 8 – Rescue: Drag a 165 lb rescue dummy 35 ft around a barrel and 35 ft back to the starting point using a head first, face up drag.


ADMINISTRATION


  1. Participants will wear the following:

    1. New hire applicants will wear close toed shoes, long pants, tee or long sleeve shirt, gloves, helmet and a 40 lb weight vest during the test.

    2. Current members will wear full turnout gear including SCBA with mask (not on air).

  2. Participants will be screened by medical staff before and after the test and during the test as necessary. Decisions of the medical staff as to the fitness of a participant to continue are final.

    1. Participants will report to a rehab station after the test and remain there until released by medical staff.

    2. Vitals are recorded on the appropriate form. See attachment 212.02 PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST RESULTS.

  3. A proctor will monitor each participant and direct them though the course. If a proctor feels a participant is unable to continue for any reason the proctor will terminate the test immediately and escort the participant to medical attention.

  4. Times will be kept by 2 time keepers with the fastest time being recorded.

  5. Test is administered in the apparatus bay of FHFD Station 1.

  6. Results are recorded on the appropriate form. See attachment 212.02 PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST RESULTS.


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