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Delivering Operational Fitness Within The Fire Service

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Delivering Operational Fitness Within The Fire Service

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  1. Delivering Operational Fitness Within The Fire Service 5th July 2007 Des Prichard – Human Resource Director

  2. COSLA, DCLG, LGA, LGEO, NI Welsh Assembly, Scottish Executive Centre for Excellence CFOA Board HR Strategic Committee HR Executive Board HR Director Scotland London Employee development Employee resourcing NI NE E WM NW SE Strategic HR Employee relations EM Y&H SW Equality & Diversity Wales CFOA HR communication structure FORA Community Membership

  3. CFOA Membership CFOA BOARD HR Director HR (Executive) BOARD Work Stream Heads Key Stakeholders HR (Strategic) Committee Regional Representation Equality & Diversity Strategic HR Employee relations Employee Development Employee Resourcing Relationship structure

  4. Operational Fitness - Overview • What is the role of FireFit? • Promote and communicate the fitness and health agenda within the Fire and Rescue Service in an effort to maximise the wellbeing and efficiency of the Service. • To ensure fit and able Firefighters and support staff

  5. Celebrating Success • Through expertise and partnership • Fitness tests • Pre selection exercise programmes • Sharing best practice - Occupational health • Equality & Diversity agenda – Positive action days • Identification of effective exercise equipment ….. • CFOA -Thank you

  6. Changes • Firefighter Rolemap • Element FF 2.1: Proactively ensure your own health and fitness for work in line with your organisation’s Occupational Health Policy. • Risk critical business – Occ fitness comparison • Technological advances • Mind set on physical fitness has changed • Visually impaired, diabetics, asthma sufferers • How far can we push these barriers?

  7. What’s next? • NFST’s old standards – VO2 Max – Shuttle run • A standard that can be communicated • Appropriate assessment – Cost effective • Cost of test vs. cost of not introducing an effective test

  8. What’s next? Consistency & mechanism of assessment Selection through to retirement Objective assessment Safe person concept The need to continuously look at improving fitness and wellbeing of all staff Support mechanisms Healthy living

  9. Summary • Celebrate success • Setting a standard on fitness selection • Fitness assessment over a career • Cost effective fitness assessment • EVIDENCE BASED SOLUTIONS