When you apply to be a firefighter, you will be asked to arrange a fitness assessment to check your level of aerobic fitness.
You will be required to demonstrate a standard of 42 VO² max, which is the national minimum standard for someone joining the fire service. This is achieved via the Chester Treadmill Walk Test – click here for more information, so you can practice at the gym ahead of your assessment and be prepared for what is needed.
- For an overview of the fitness requirements for being a firefighter, click here.
- For a useful 12 week training programme to help you achieve these standards, click here.
Firefighting is a difficult and demanding job, so we have to test whether new joiners are fit and able to perform all aspects of the role that may be required for operational duties.
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