Updating and developing the content and tests of the FireFit method
The FireFit method for assessing, providing feedback about and monitoring the physical functional capacity of rescuers developed by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health about ten years ago is used by Finnish rescue departments.
This project responds to the needs raised by rescue departments to develop and update the methodology. For example, the reference value data need to be supplemented and the equipment and tools used on the test track simulating the work have changed.
In addition, there has been no information available on whether the results of the motor and mobility tests of the FireFit method predict the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries or a change in work ability.
Materials and techniques
The study consists of five parts:
- Supplementing reference value data for all age groups and, in particular, for the age group ≥60 years.
- If necessary, specifying the FireFit method according to the wishes of the rescue sector.
- Examination of the predictive value of motor and mobility test results in relation to injuries and symptoms of the musculoskeletal system and work ability.
- Examining the use and experiences of and further development needs related to the FireFit motor skills and mobility training guidelines and tests and the general understanding of the importance of these. In addition, other methods of practicing motor skills and mobility in rescue services are examined.
- Development of the content, execution and interpretation of the Oulu model’s smoke diving simulator to match the current equipment. Development pilot projects will be agreed upon with operators in the sector in joint workshops.
The project will be carried out by the researchers and experts of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in close co-operation with operators in the rescue sector. A representative of Aino Health Management and Ari Mänttäri and Juha Koskela of the UKK Institute, who participated in the previous development of the method, are also involved in the co-operation.
A steering group will be set up for the project, including occupational health care representatives in addition to the operators of the rescue sector.
Fire Protection Fund and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health