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Fitness Testing for Western Australian Fire Department

The Western Australian Fire Department requires new recruits to undergo fitness assessments as part of the recruitment process. Below is some information about the fitness requirements and standards. This information is presented for discussion and may be out of date - for the latest information see official sources.

Assessment Tests

(The following information was retrieved on the 10th Jan 2010 from the Perth Sunday Times newspaper)

Recruits must undertake an extensive four-hour physical assessment. They must reach 9.6 in the shuttle run test. The assessment also includes moving heavy equipment, operating hard to handle hoses, and rescuing a 70kg mannequin, all while wearing and carrying standard fire fighting gear.

Another test involves moving through a tunnel, negotiating obstacles, while wearing breathing apparatus with a blacked out face mask to blind them. Other tests assess height and confined spaces phobias.

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