Basic Wellness Evaluation
Basic Wellness Evaluation Measurements Include:
433 S. Allison Parkway
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Body composition
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Handgrip strength
- MET-aerobic capacity
Measurement of Aerobic Capacity
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. Fire fighters must achieve a minimum of 12 METs on a treadmill in order 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 standards. Compare that to West Metro in 2010 where no firefighters fell below the minimum aerobic capacity standard.
Success Through Training and Education
- In 1999 72 of the 251 West Metro firefighters tested fell below the minimum aerobic standard of 12 METS. In 1999 only 4 of the 251 firefighters were over age 50.
- In 2010, 0 West Metro firefighters have fallen below the minimum aerobic standard of 12 METS. In 2010 68 of the 330 firefighters were over age 50.