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Fitness Assessment Program 

Fitness Assessment

We provide your health and fitness coordinator with tools and information required to conduct a fitness assessment in order to promote health and wellness within your department.

NFPA 1583 – Chapter 6

Fitness Programs

We supply your department a workout program tailored for individual needs with minimal equipment. Peer fitness trainers can modify each session according to specific goals.

NFPA 1583 – Chapter 7

Health Education

We will provide health promotion education through our blog with updated information on general health and wellness plus cardiovascular and occupational risk injury reduction.

NFPA 1583 – Chapter 8

Data Collection

We provide the tools for your health and fitness coordinator to conduct confidential assessment data on each member to be shared only with department physician or administration. 

NFPA 1583 – Chapter 9

Assessment Components 

Pre-Assessment Questionnaire: Highlight contraindications for at-risk personnel. 

Aerobic Capacity: Cooper Distance tests and easy to calculate VO2 Max estimation

Body Composition:  WHtR measurement to calculate obesity related cardiovascular risks

Grip Strength: Dead hang test to measure hand and forearm strength and endurance

Power: Burst test to measure explosive power of the lower body and quick firing muscles

Muscular Endurance: push up, pull up and plank test to measure upper body strength and endurance

Flexibility: Trunk test to measure back, hamstring, shoulder and hip flexibility/mobility

Balance: Stork stand test to measure stabilizer muscle condition used for everyday functionality


Support group

Any updates or changes will be announced in our Facebook support group Firefighter Furnace HERO Athletes. This also where you can ask questions, post videos of the assessment and present your fire departments overall assessment score to see how your organization matches with others. 

assessment score rank




You know you need some work to do. It’s time to get serious about your health and wellness.



Getting there but you still need some work. Hang in there, you’ve got this!



You’re getting there. Keep going on the right track to overall health and wellness



You have a solid base but could dial in on specific elements to reach elite level status



You’ve reached elite level fitness. Now it is your job to motivate others to do the same


Does this cost anything?

No, this assessment program is 100% free. We do offer a paid membership that has access to multiple firefighter fitness programs to prepare for this assessment.

What steps do I take to get started?

All you need to do is print off the program and then make a copy of the Firefighter Furnace Fitness Assessment Data Sheet for each individual participating.  Then create teams of two so each partner can take turns either completing an event or scoring the other. 

how often do I complete this assessment?

You can complete the assessment at anytime that meets the needs of your department. However, we will post it as the daily workout in our paid programs at the beginning of every  September.

How long does the assessment take

It can be done quickly or throughout the day. At Firefighter Furnace we suggest implementing a fitness day at least once a year where you complete the assessment then reward the department with a cookout and downtime. 

Where to I find a pre-assessment health questionnaire

This will be created by your health and fitness coordinator with approval by your fire chief and department physician. We created the tools to perform a physical assessment, it’s up to you to get it approved to be compliant with NFPA.

Where can I find more information about this assessment?

We created a support group for all firefighters who are interested in health and wellness. All you need to do is join our Facebook group Firefighter Furnace HERO Athletes and post your question. Also, if you sign up as a HERO Coach, we will send you all the information you need. 

How can i get others on board?

After you’ve requested to join our free Facebook group. All you have to do is invite all members that are in your organization so they stay updated on any information we post about our firefighter fitness assessment program.

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