Aerobic capacity can be measured by performing a graded exercise treadmill test. We can assess physiological energy usage through this metabolic equivalent test (MET Test), gauging the cardiovascular abilities of our firefighters. Firefighters must achieve a minimum of 12 METs on a treadmill in order to equal the cardiovascular demands on a fire scene. Any member who falls short of the required 12 METs, is promptly provided a comprehensive exercise program designed to develop the cardiovascular strength, endurance, and lung capacity needed to carry out the physical demands of the job.
In a recent study performed and published by Firehouse Magazine, the article reported 78% of firefighters nationally fell below minimum aerobic capacity status.
For additional information on basic wellness evaluations, please contact Fire Chief David R. Lawson by calling (502) 267-7300.