Fitness Tests

Prior to undertaking the Fitness Assessment, you will be asked to complete a short Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire.  In addition, our Fitness Technician will take your blood pressure, height, weight, resting heart rate, BMI/body composition and a review of your current physical activity levels to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that there are no medical contra-indications for you undertaking the fitness assessment.

The Multi-Stage Shuttle Run Test also known as the bleep test is used as a physical test of aerobic fitness.  The test involves running continuously between two points that are 20 meters apart from side to side.  The runs are synchronized and bleeps play at set intervals. As the test proceeds, the interval between each successive bleep decreases.  


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Candidates will be fully briefed by the Fitness Technician prior to the assessment being undertaken.

Candidates are required to achieve level 8.8 in the test, which equates to a VO2 max of 42.3 mlsO2/kg/min and is the standard required for entry to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The fitness standards applied by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service aim to promote good health and fitness amongst staff.

Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation and it is essential that operational staff have sufficient levels of fitness to enable them to carry out their roles as safely and effectively as possible.

As such, this requires higher levels of fitness than most other occupations and therefore the Firefighter role maps (detailed within the job description) set out a specific requirement for operational staff to maintain levels of personal fitness.

In some instances, we may undertake a further fitness assessment and may use the Chester Treadmill Walk Test (CTWT);

Candidates performing the Chester Treadmill Walk Test are required to walk briskly on a treadmill at a constant speed of 6.2 km/hr for 12 minutes, the initial two minute stage on the treadmill is performed without any incline on the treadmill platform, the incline will be increased by three degrees at each of the following five (two minutes) stages until the final two minutes (10-12 minutes) is at a 15 degree incline.