U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Fire and Aviation
|BLM National Fire Operations Fitness Challenge|
The BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge provides a common system by which BLM firefighters can measure current fitness, establish fitness goals, track fitness improvement, and receive recognition for their efforts. The fitness challenge encourages and recognizes achievement in physical fitness by BLM firefighters. The fitness challenge is voluntary, but BLM firefighters are encouraged to participate.
The BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge tests participants in four basic exercises - push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a timed run of either 1.5 or 3.0 miles. Test results are compiled into a final overall score. Unit and state offices are encouraged to support and recognize achievement in firefighter fitness. The BLM FA Division of Fire Operations will recognize high achievers annually.
Excellent physical fitness is a essential to firefighter performance. Many times the limiting factor on work production in wildland firefighting is individual fitness. Fatigue has been found to be a contributing factor in many accidents, and numerous studies have proven that physical fitness is a good way to mitigate fatigue. The 2006 study, Contributing Factors for Line of Duty Deaths in the United States (Moore-Merrell, McDonald, Zhou, Fisher, and Moore), concluded that 53.9% of firefighter deaths are due to health, fitness, or wellness. Physical fitness has been addressed as a critical job element in wildland firefighting and is tested with the Work Capacity Test (WCT). However, the WCT is extremely limited in scope, testing only cardiovascular fitness.
The BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge is voluntary. All participating BLM firefighters must meet the physical fitness requirements, medical examination requirements, and DOI Medical Standards Program requirements pertinent to their ICS position. BLM employees who are not firefighters and/or do not hold an arduous ICS fitness rating may participate provided they complete the Health Screening Questionnaire and have no pre-existing medical conditions.
All entrants should prepare thoroughly for the fitness challenge. Information on proper preparation can be found at www.nifc.gov/FireFit/index.htm.
A medical plan must be in place prior to the test in case first-aid assistance is needed.
The number of assistants should be based upon the number of participants.
Test administrators shall read a description of each exercise (see below) and demonstrate proper form prior to the test.
The individual test exercises are performed as follows:
The test exercises are performed under the following conditions:
All tests will be administered at the unit level and certified by unit fire management. Unit fire managers seeking national recognition for employees should send pertinent results to their state representative to the national fire operations group (FOG). FOG members should forward those results to Mike Ellsworth, BLM Fire Training Unit, no later than July 19.
National Level Recognition and Awards
Achievement in the BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge will be recognized nationally in the following categories:
State or Unit Level Recognition
Recognition for achievement in the BLM Fire Operations Fitness Challenge will be through a mid-summer Information Bulletin and distributed through the states FOG representatives.
Appendix A - Points Chart PDF
Appendix B - Scoresheet Excel