The mission of the Santa Clara County Fire Department is to protect life and property from fires, disasters and emergencies.
To achieve this mission safely and efficiently, the County Fire Department has a goal of maintaining physical fitness personnel.
The physical fitness program is established for all employees to maintain a level of fitness to safely reduce the functions entrusted to them and to the likelihood and severity of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. It was not to punish, harass or eliminate development.
The physical fitness program will be under the medical supervision of the fire department physician.
Supervisors are responsible to fitness workout for the monitoring of all activities. Workouts should focus on non-contact, non-competitive activities. The activities should not interfere with normal activities. This program is for all employees who are normally assigned to emergency response activities. Personnel who do not meet the required levels of fitness are not allowed to engage in emergency activities. All other employees are encouraged to participate in the Physical Fitness Program.
3-22.1 Physical Fitness Committee
The Physical Fitness Committee shall consist of the following: one (1) Chief Officer, one (1) person from each train - A, B, and C, one (1) person from 40 (40) hours of assignment, and their deputies .
Physical Fitness Committee members will serve for two (2) years.
The Union will submit a list of names for the members of the committee represented.
The Physical Fitness Committee will recommend policy program, assist in the administration of fitness tests, monitor department fitness trends, and applications for off-duty fitness programs before approval by the Fire Chief.
Medical evaluations 3 to 22.2
The medical evaluation process includes pre-placement medical evaluations, periodic medical evaluations and return-to-duty medical evaluations.
Medical evaluations will be by a physician in the Department of the election will be conducted.
The fire department must have an officially designated physician who is responsible for the leadership, guidance and advice to members regarding their health, fitness and suitability for different tasks.
The fire department physician shall offer medical advice in the management of occupational safety and health program.
The fire department physician to a licensed physician qualified to provide professional expertise in the areas of occupational safety and health, as its relates to emergency services.
The fire department physician shall be readily available to offer advice and professional services on an urgent basis. This can be carried out by access to a number of qualified physician.
Two (2) copies of the medical evaluation results will be issued: One (1) to the employee and one (1) at the department of medical files.
Reasons for the fire department and maintains a permanent health file on each individual member, the file will be the results of periodic medical and fitness tests, occupational diseases or injuries, and events that an individual exposed to known or suspected hazardous materials, absorb toxic products or contagious diseases.
Health information is considered confidential record for each member, and held for a composite data base for analysis of factors related to general health and fitness of the group members.
All persons 40 years and older, in the emergency and any associated Haz Mat team members, must be the doctor to not less than an annual basis and before they examined assigned to emergency duties after debilitating illnesses or injuries again. Members who have not met these requirements of the test are not allowed to participate in an emergency operations. If these tests are performed by a physician other than the fire department physician, the audit report, subject to review and approval of the fire department physician.
All other employees shall be reviewed every two (2) years.
Medical evaluations will be conducted by the Department of physician, while personnel are on duty, or people at the overtime rate, if compensated outside of the service. Referral medical examinations will be conducted out of service without compensation.
Should be persons who are required to be released, but referred for medical follow-up follow-up plan with a personal doctor for their employees' health.
On release obligatory after debilitating injury or illness of any duration, the staff must be subject to medical assessment and fitness test, which is responsible for mapping. On release obligatory following leaves of absence, alternative duties, qualifications or other situations, the staff must be subject to medical assessment, fitness testing, and evaluation skills appropriate for the assignment, per current policy.
3 to 22.3 Individual physical fitness program
Emergency responders and other personnel in fitness activities at the department touches time, will take part in fitness tests. Fitness tests are non-competitive and designed to "best effort" support for the establishment of individual baselines and the effectiveness of the program department.
Participants will be tested, be advised and given recommendations for the conservation and improvement of individual performance.
Physical fitness profiles are completed every two (2) years.
If it is identified in the opinion of the individual responsible for medical monitoring, a medical problem for an employee, the employee will be referred to his / her personal physician for their employee health plan.
Examples of referral include:
Rehabilitation Phase I
Failure to observe standards required to pass in the Appendix 2, the emergency services in participating in a mandatory on-duty exercise program have resulted. The time will be scheduled by the supervisor for an on-duty exercise period. A Physical Fitness Training Diary (Form # 92) Tracking progress towards fitness goals will be submitted monthly to the Fitness Committee. The training diary is used as part of the employee's continuing education will be maintained.
Rehabilitation Phase II
Failure to observe standards later in the Appendix 2 for a second time, required to pass two years, will result in the transfer of forces to the fire department physician. Persons, the reference will be taken a statement from the physician (Form # 80) of the request. If the full duty release, an individual is added back to me with the following requirements phase:
Monthly special education tasks to be completed and submitted to the immediate supervisor of the training diary.
A meeting with the Fire Chief or his / her representative is expected to meet the requirements for the current assignment and the need for possible reclassification, a positive environment for individual fitness goals, to discuss entertained.
There is an ongoing objective to support the fire department, members of occupational accidents and diseases affected in their rehabilitation and to facilitate their return to full active duty or limited task, where to be possible. In all cases, the fire department does have to win an ultimate concern about the ability of the members and to get comfortable, healthy and productive life during and after their service with the fire department.
Fitness standards are listed in Appendix 2.
3 to 22.4 and further
A program will be designed for each individual to work on his / her optimal level.
Education and training for use of equipment, is exercise, diet, and other related programs of the department and / or other contract personnel provided.
3 to 2.5 Physical Fitness Program Maintenance
For example, exercycles, rowing machines, weight benches, dumbbells, jump ropes, chin-up bar, step bench, mats, etc., each station will be with training information and equipment provided
Emergency response personnel will be an exercise period for health maintenance and improvement of his / her designed program made available. Other employees can make a training plan that will be acceptable / her immediate supervisor, and that no adverse impact workload. All training sessions will be conducted at Fire Department facilities. If no on-site training facilities are available, people can request - in writing to the appropriate department heads - to participate in a supervised program at a health club facility.
Forty (40) hours of employees participating in a training program will be released between 0730-0800 hours or 1630-1700 hours (if workload permits) for approved nursing program at the training facility. It is expected that 40 (40) hours of training employees to be at least 30 (30) minutes before or after regular working hours - to maintain a one (1) hour workout program - on their own time.
Competitive sports have a high potential for physical contact are prohibited (eg football, basketball, volleyball, etc.).
3 to 22.6 Follow-up and re-test
Monthly individual training records shall reflect the physical fitness training hour.
All programs and data sets will be evaluated on an individual basis.
A re-test of Rehabilitation, Phase I or II, may be requested in writing to be removed by the Physical Fitness Review Committee. A maximum of two (2) Re-tests can be scheduled annually. Re-examinations are in accordance with the standards of fitness in Appendix 2 will be administered.
3 to 22.7 Guidelines for WCB coverage for off-duty physical fitness program include:
The staff must apply for coverage. The approval of a program for a period of two years to continue, with the period to twice a year with department medical studies agree. If continued coverage is desired, the staff must reapply.
Location of the facility
Type of program (compliance with these Guidelines)
Workout facilities need for business (ie, gyms, spas, clubs) are licensed, there are no private gyms / clubs will not be accepted.
Workout areas are to be supervised by trained and / or certified trainer. All equipment must be monitored, maintained, repaired, or on a regular basis.
Activities must contact and non-competitive (racket sports, individual and / or team competitions are not covered).
Programs should focus on developing flexibility, strength, endurance and cardiovascular.
Violations must be verified by the system manager. A written report will be forwarded to the Department.
3 to 22.8 Objectives of the physical fitness program include:
Nursing personnel physically fit.
The reduction of jobs created, illness, injuries and disabilities.
Establishment of medical records baseline.
Validating entry-level department physical standards.
Development of safety awareness in a fit of emergency response force.
To promote high morale.
3 to 22.8 Appendix 1 - Medical examination for periodic monitoring
Complete medical history.
Career with a review of the personal exposure records.
The physical examination.
Test for occult blood
PSA for male workers over 50 (optional)
Pap smear for workers over 50 (optional)
Spirometry, lung function
The fire brigade arrives and maintain a respiratory protection program that meets the requirements of ANSI Z88.5, Practices for Respiratory Protection for fire fighters, and ANSI Z88.6, Standard met for breathing - breathing - Physical Qualifications for Personnel.
All members of SCBA will be certified by a medical doctor on an annual basis and will be regularly trained, tested and certified in the safe and proper use of this equipment. If this assessment is a physician differently than the fire department physician, the assessment is subject to review and approval of the fire department physician.
The facepiece seal capability of each member qualified to use SCBA qualitative fit test will be reviewed on an annual basis and will be issued at any time, new types of SCBA. Each new member is before being permitted to use SCBA in a hazardous atmosphere are reviewed. Only members with a properly fitting facepiece shall be permitted by the fire brigade to operate in a hazardous atmosphere with self-contained breathing apparatus.
Evaluation of the musculoskeletal system
Required to drive medical research
3 to 22.9 Appendix 2 - fitness standards (Personal Emergency Response)
1989 - Consulting / Counseling
1991 - aerobic fitness minima
1993 - aerobics, strength, flexibility and minima
Sub-max bike test: 40 ml / kg VO2
And a half-mile run: 12 minutes or less - re-test only
Treadmill (VO2 ml / kg): 40 ml / kg VO2 entry level (baseline)
Chin-ups (palms in or out): 3
Flexed arm hang: 45 seconds
Push-ups: 20 in 30 seconds
Sit-ups (crunches): 30 in 60 seconds
Cybex leg strength / balance: 110 quads Minimum Entry Level (Baseline)
Hamstrings at least 60%
Balance between the legs
A maximum of 10%
Hip Flex (sit & reach): 12-inch minimum
General measurements as required for coaching
Note: Body composition (body fat) are only advisory, but will remain as part of the department testing program.
The above standards will be adopted as a minimum. These standards will be interpreted as a minimum fitness level for the general population by the De Anza physiology. The justification for the assumption is that the crew of firefighters physical activities, which exceed the demands of the general population. When the National Physical requirements (fitness standards) will be updated for the fire department, the administration will meet with Local 1165, to discuss adoption of the updated standards.
"Will undertake the kind of tasks a firefighter will be asked to require an unusually high level of physical fitness, agility and dexterity. Firefighters experienced an extremely high rate of service-related injuries and deaths, which revealed by the studies that The fire department will be given a very dangerous profession. "