Changes to Stage Two, Part Two-Clinical Assessment

Changes to Stage Two, Part Two-Clinical Assessment 

IMPORTANT: Any candidate who requires medical clearance to participate in OFAI CTS testing is required to get a new Medical Clearance Form completed by their physician prior to attempting the encapsulated treadmill protocol being implemented on March 1, 2018 as part of the Stage Two, Part Two Clinical Assessment. Please provide your physician with the revised 2018 Physician Information Booklet, along with your Medical Questionnaire and the revised Medical Clearance Form.  You must bring two copies of the completed Medical Clearance Form with you on the day of your assessment. If you do not present the revised Medical Clearance Form at the time of your assessment, you will not be permitted to test.

On March 1, 2018, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) will be implementing an encapsulated treadmill protocol as part of our Stage Two, Part Two-Clinical assessment. This protocol will replace the existing treadmill protocol (V02 max Aerobic Fitness Evaluation)

The encapsulated treadmill protocol is a progressive, incremental exercise test to exhaustion. This protocol is designed to evaluate the physical work capacities of healthy, physically active individuals.

This protocol is completed while wearing firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE) that weighs approximately 23 kg (51 lb). This ensemble includes: helmet, flash-hood, leather work gloves, coveralls, pants, jacket and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). You will not breathe from the SCBA, but you must carry it.  The VO2 mask is worn during this protocol and peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) will be measured. However, your VO2 values do not determine whether you pass or fail.

There are four phases to this protocol:

  • Phase One: 3.5mph with gradual grade increases over a five minute period (mandatory)
  • Phase Two: 3.5 mph and 10% grade for eight minutes (mandatory)
  • Phase Three: 3.5mph with grade increases of 1% every minute to a maximum of 15%. Once maxed at a 15% grade, speed increases by 0.5 mph/minute until exhaustion (voluntary*)
  • Phase Four: Five minute walk on a flat treadmill at a slow speed (mandatory)

*while completing Phase Three is NOT mandatory you are strongly encouraged to attempt this phase until you can no longer continue in order to exhibit a maximal physical effort

In order to pass the treadmill test, you must complete the five minute Phase One, the eight minute Phase Two and the five minute Phase Four (for a total of at least 18 minutes).

Detailed information on this protocol as well as training suggestions can be found in the pre-assessment guide on our website.

Please Note: Although the current VO2 max protocol will no longer be offered as of March 1, 2018, candidates who currently hold a valid OFAI certificate for the Stage Two-Part Two: Clinical Assessment will not be required to renew until their current Clinical certificate expires.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 905.426.6756 or if you have any questions.

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