In May 2011, 79 Seattle Fire Department members participated in a "Good to Go" (G2G) pilot training program. G2G is a job-related, incentive-based work-hardening program developed for firefighters by Dr. Paul Davis:
The Need… An objective, job-related method of determining firefighter "Combat Readiness."
In a profession where brainpower must be coupled with brawn, it is essential that the workforce be prepared for a host of eventualities. Firefighters are "Industrial Athletes" in every sense of the word. Fitness for duty does not occur by accident but must be planned for.
A non-punitive, incentive-based, scientifically validated, diagnostic work hardening and fitness assessment program.
A brief classroom session is an overview of the Firefighter's Survival Manual, examining medical research and the importance of lifestyle and risk factors for reducing the leading causes of Line of Duty Deaths (LODDs) and what firefighters can do to enhance their survival beyond the career and into retirement. Hands-on training focuses on the biomechanics of five essential functions of structural fire suppression. Students rotate through the Climb/Hoist, Forcible Entry, and Lift/ Drag stations.
The Essential Functions Test (EFT: the engine of G2G) is based upon a university-based, federally-funded occupational health research study of the physical demands of structural fire suppression. Wearing full bunker gear and an Air Pak, participants walk through the five sequentially linked tasks. Successful completion in a time of 6:00 or fewer results in the award of the G2G tee and a certificate suitable for framing.
You may claim that your Department has a physical fitness program, but absent objective (measurable) criteria, you really don't know if you're "good to go." Listen to what these firefighters had to say:
The 2011 Seattle G2G Pilot Program
In 2018, Seattle Firefighters will have access to small group clinics modeled after the 2011 pilot program. May through October, Seattle Firefighters will have supervised access to the Seattle Fire Combat Fitness Course. Participation is by appointment on scheduled dates. The 2-hour session will include the following:
Firefighters who successfully complete the course in 6 minutes or less will receive a handsome T-Shirt (first time only), a certificate suitable for framing, and their name inscribed on the Seattle Fire Good To Go Honor Roll (see below). Firefighters will be encouraged to return to the course for a periodic checkup/measurement of their fitness. The Honor Roll will be updated with PR times achieved either at the Good to Go Course (certified by an approved proctor) or at any Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge competition. In 2018, we hoped to double the Good to Go Honor Roll membership.
Q: Why me? Why should I participate in this program?
A: Choose your answer(s) from list below:
These Seattle Firefighters have successfully completed the SFD Good to Go Firefighter Fitness Confidence Course.
They are recognized for their leadership in firefighter fitness.