Field Study Evaluation of an Experimental Physical Fitness Program for USAF Firefighters
Final rept. 10 Jun 1985-20 Sep 1986
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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Under emergency conditions, firefighting demands extraordinary levels of physical effort in performing tasks under some of the most life threatening conditions. Success in performing these tasks depends on the firefighters physical fitness, particularly hisher cardiovascular endurance. Studies have shown that firefighters, both in the civilian and military sectors, are generally less fit than their age related sedentary American counterparts. this report describes a field study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an experimental physical conditioning program that could be prescribed on an individual basis. Special emphasis was placed on a conservative program for older, less fit firefighters who would be most susceptible to exercise-related injury.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Safety Engineering