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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health