Physical Limit Values: Summary and Discussion of Report 3 on the project “The Physical Capacity of Firemen”

Report Date: September 2012

Firefighting requires not only knowledge of fires and firefighting techniques, but also physical strength and conditioning. Considerable attention has been focused on how this physical capacity should be measured and how to identify tests that best correspond to the physical demands of firefighting. This project expands on two previous reports, covering typical tasks and physiological tests, to determine the limit values for the physical capacity for work that can be applied as guidelines for firefighters. It covers testing for physical strength, testing simulated job operations, comparing testing to job operations, analysis of limit values, and discussion on how the results can be used.

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Lindberg, Ann-Sofie and Christer Malm. Physical Limit Values: Summary and Discussion of Report 3 on the project “The Physical Capacity of Firemen”. Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). 2012. Accessed from: https://www.msb.se/en/Products/Publications/Publications-from-the-MSB/Physical-limit-values---summary-and-discussion-of-Report-3-on-the-project-The-Physical-Capacity-of-Fireman/

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