Whitlock, Chuck ; Sharkey, Brian . 2003. Work Capacity Test: Administrator's Guide (NFES 1109). 0351 2805. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 28 p.
Outlines procedures for administering the pack, field, and walk tests. These tests were developed as an alternative to the 5-minute step test that had been used to screen candidates for wildland firefighting. The pack test, for workers with arduous duties, requires carrying a 45-pound pack for 3 miles in 45 minutes. The field test, for workers with moderately strenuous duties, requires carrying a 25-pound pack for 2 miles in 30 minutes. The walk test, for workers with light duties, requires walking 1 mile in 16 minutes. Supersedes Work Capacity Tests for Firefighters: Test Administrator's Guide (9851–2810–MTDC).
Hard copies of NFES 1109 can be ordered from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Mail or fax your order to: National Interagency Fire Center, Attn: Great Basin Cache Supply Office, 3833 S. Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705. Fax: (208) 387-5573 or 5548 (no phone orders accepted).
Keywords: fire fighters, fire fighting, firefighting, physical fitness, testing
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