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Agility testing as part of pre employement testing

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by Fish, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Fish

    Fish Active Member

    Location:
    America
    Does your department do this? if so, are we talking more than just your standard can you lift this many pounds, can you walk up these steps with this many pounds. or does your department do something along the lines of a timed mile, push ups, sit ups?

    Do you think agility testing should be required with pre-employement testing?



    This thread does not pertain to fire based EMS, as we know that the Fire side of your job requires and agility test before getting hired.
  2. DesertEMT66

    DesertEMT66 Forum Troll

    Location:
    Middle of No Where, California
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    The ones that I have put applications into don't have a physical test.
  3. b2dragun

    b2dragun New Member

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    The private service I work for required 2. Pre hire we had to do a lifting course, stairs, and 5 minutes of compressions. Post hire we had to do various lifting tests with a physician. I personally wish there were yearly testing, it would definitely help me not have to work with someone that can't physically keep up with the job anymore. I think you should have to be in atleast half decent shape to be in ems.
  4. jjesusfreak01

    jjesusfreak01 New Member

    Location:
    St. Georges, Grenada
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    The county service here does require a physical test (which I passed, although I wasn't hired), the IFT service I work for never required one.
  5. tcripp

    tcripp New Member

    Location:
    Pflugerville, TX
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I work for a county based 911 service and, yes, a physical agility test had to be passed as part of the hiring process. There are two other county systems nearby that both require the same.

    If I remember correctly, you have 12 minutes to complete. You must walk to the ambulance, put the monitor and airway bag on the stretcher and move to a pre-designated spot. You and your partner take the two items down some bleacher steps, swap the equipment and go back up. Put the bags on the ground then lower the stretcher.

    You walk back down the step, pick up a stretcher with 160 lbs of weight (simulated patient), go back up the steps and load the patient to the stretcher...remember to secure your patient. You each pick up the monitor/bag and then move the stretcher around an uneven course and go back to the ambulance. Load your patient and your bags. Move the patient from the stretcher to the side bench.

    You then go to the ambulance bay where you will proceed to do 5 minutes of CPR. At the end of 5 minutes, you must take the regulator off an O2 tank and then put it back on, testing for leaks.

    We also do it annually along with other skills testing...and a written test over our protocols.

    I've heard rumor that our chief wants to add in a running portion. ;)
  6. Fish

    Fish Active Member

    Location:
    America

    What county service was that
  7. Fish

    Fish Active Member

    Location:
    America

    What service is this, and what are the two services around you that do?
  8. WolfmanHarris

    WolfmanHarris Member

    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    My service had a multiple parts to the lift testing.

    1) Job based testing: lifting the stair chair w/ manikin up and down two flights of stairs (repeat in opposite positions); fore and aft onto stretcher, load and unload (repeat in opposite positions); backboard lift and carry. The dummy weight was not too high, I think about 175 lbs. The focus was on proper mechanics, not strength.

    2) Physical Agility Evaluation. Performed offsite by Abiltywerks Inc. This is a static lift test. You pull on a non-moving bar hooked up to a computer in various positions which measures your lifting strength. Test also includes a cardio component (steps) and dexterity as well as range of motion measurements.
  9. djm0219

    djm0219 New Member

    Location:
    Wake Forest, NC
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
  10. Aidey

    Aidey Forum Deputy Chiefette Community Leader

    Location:
    USA
    Yes, and annually after that. Too many people pass the test to get hired, and then get out of shape and put their partners and patients at risk for injury.
  11. medicdan

    medicdan Active Member Premium Member

    Location:
    Northeast
    Short answer: many private services require a lift test, and the ability to move patients in different ways-- lift a stretcher, carry a stair chair, lift a longboard, etc. None, at least that I've heard of are looking at agility per se, simply the ability to complete standardized skills used often in EMS.
  12. tcripp

    tcripp New Member

    Location:
    Pflugerville, TX
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    Out of Texas - Fayette County, Austin/Travis County and Williamson County. The details can be found on their individual web pages.
  13. jjesusfreak01

    jjesusfreak01 New Member

    Location:
    St. Georges, Grenada
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    Wake County

    I should note that the Wake County test is nearly identical to the Durham County test, in case anyone wanted more details.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 13, 2011
  14. DEmedic

    DEmedic Basic first aider

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
  15. harryb714

    harryb714 New Member

  16. WolfmanHarris

    WolfmanHarris Member

    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    I like that.
  17. DEmedic

    DEmedic Basic first aider

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    Nope, but just like a fire department CPAT, you have to wear the helmet and gloves. I'm a little surprised they don't make the candidates wear a weight vest.
  18. abckidsmom

    abckidsmom Dances with Patients Community Leader

    Location:
    Virginia
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    This sounds fun! I think I'll suggest it as a demonstration of how pitiful some of our people are. This is completely the layout of a labor-intensive call.
  19. Fish

    Fish Active Member

    Location:
    America
    Williamson County doesn't have an agility test, I know Austin does. Does Fayette?
  20. Fish

    Fish Active Member

    Location:
    America
    Why the fail during their testing process? How hard is it to get on with those Dept.s

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