Validity and relevance of the pack hike wildland firefighter work capacity test: a review

Petersen, Aaron, Payne, Warren, Phillips, Matthew, Netto, Kevin, Nichols, David and Aisbett, Brad 2010, Validity and relevance of the pack hike wildland firefighter work capacity test: a review, Ergonomics, vol. 53, no. 10, pp. 1276-1285, doi: 10.1080/00140139.2010.513451.

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Title Validity and relevance of the pack hike wildland firefighter work capacity test: a review
Author(s) Petersen, Aaron
Payne, Warren
Phillips, Matthew
Netto, Kevin
Nichols, David
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad
Journal name Ergonomics
Volume number 53
Issue number 10
Start page 1276
End page 1285
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 0014-0139
Keyword(s) firefighter
pack hike test
physical employment standards
work capacity
Summary Fighting wildland fire is a physically demanding occupation. Wildland firefighters need to be physically fit to work safely and productively. To determine whether personnel are fit for duty, many firefighting agencies employ physical competency tests, such as the pack hike test (PHT). The PHT involves a 4.83-km hike over level terrain carrying a 20.4-kg pack within a 45-min period. The PHT was devised to test the job readiness of US wildland firefighters but is also currently used by some fire agencies in Australia and Canada. This review discusses the history and development of the PHT with emphasis on the process of test validation. Research-based training advice for the PHT is given, as well as discussion of the risks associated with completing the PHT. Different versions and modifications to the PHT have emerged in recent years and these are discussed with regard to their validity. Finally, this review addresses the relevance and validity of the PHT for Australian and Canadian wildland firefighters.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00140139.2010.513451
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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