Designing the Fitness Program: A Guide for Public Safety Organizations

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Fire Engineering, 2001 - Social Science - 339 pages
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Public safety work is dangerous, and the link between fitness and remaining injury-free has been well established by research. Designing the Fitness Program examines the physical demands on public safety officers, as well as an array of related health and safety issues. In proposing that each public safety organization implements a fitness program for its personnel, the author provides a variety of options for ensuring that the standards and test regimens adopted by a department are suitable, both in terms of individual members and the roles that they fulfill. His unique, thought-provoking analysis of test protocols will help organizations avoid many of the pitfalls associated with modern labour laws and declaring anyone, weather rehabilitated member or new recruit, fit for duty.Contents: Part 1: Analysis Identifying the problem Standards and legal aspects The labour/management agreement Part II: Design Fitness defined Basic design plan The design matrix Part III: Development Staff and resources Test selection an development Developing the pilot study Part IV: Implementation Conducting the pilot study Part V: Education Standards and statistics Exercise recommendations and training Evaluating the program Part VI: Supplemental programs Work/injury management Wellness Physical performance Appendices.

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