Impact of the Fort Worth Fire Department's Physical Fitness Program from 1986 Through 1996 [open pdf - 71KB]
"The Fort Worth Fire Department has provided a health and physical fitness program for its employees since the early 1980s. The Fort Worth program identified cardiovascular efficiency and endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition as the major components of its physical fitness program when considering the effect of the program on individual fire fighters. However, the problem that confronted the Fort Worth Fire Department is that little research had been conducted to determine the overall effectiveness of its physical fitness program on the department as a whole. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Fort Worth Fire Department physical fitness program from 1986 through 1996. The evaluative research method was employed to conduct this study. Research questions that were to be answered by this study were: 1. What criteria do other fire departments use to measure the effectiveness of their physical fitness program? 2. What criteria should the Fort Worth Fire Department use to measure the effectiveness of its physical fitness program? 3. How successful was the Fort Worth Physical Fitness Program when compared to the selected criteria? A literature review was conducted followed by a survey of 150 fire departments listed in the International Association of Fire Chiefs Metro Section. Results from the survey were tabulated and research was conducted to answer the stated research questions. Research indicated that the physical fitness program had a positive influence on the fitness level of the Fort Worth Fire Department."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/