Validity and Reliability of Firefighting Simulation Test Performance

Richard D.M. Stevenson, Andrew G. Siddall, Philip J.F. Turner, James L.J. Bilzon

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity and reliability of a firefighting simulation test (FFST). METHODS: Sixty-nine operational firefighters completed a best-effort FFST on one occasion and 22 participants completed a further FFST. All participants completed a maximal treadmill test to determine cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max). RESULTS: Time to complete the FFST demonstrated a strong inverse relationship with VO2max (r = -0.73), although the prediction error was high. Reliability of the FFST was high (r = 0.84, P = 0.01), demonstrating a coefficient of variation of 4.5%. CONCLUSIONS: The FFST demonstrated reasonable validity as a surrogate assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness for firefighting. The FFST also demonstrated good reliability. Given the apparent magnitude of the prediction error, the FFST would be best used as a training tool, rather than as a primary means of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness for firefighting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-483
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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