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Ambulance Fitness Requirements
1 - Aerobic Capacity The test will consist of a one minute period stepping up and down a 30cm step in time to a metronome. Following this period the candidate will commence one minute of chest compressions on a manikin. The candidates heart rate will be measured during the period of activity and then for a period of 2 minutes after exercise to measure recovery heart rates. The candidate will be wearing a heart rate monitor throughout this test and the readings will be taken at 30 second intervals. The candidate will be measured against the following outcomes: a. Maximal heart rate – the candidate should not exceed 90% of maximum heart rate value.  This is calculated by the formula (220 – age) x 0.9 If the candidates heart rate exceeds this value during exercise and looks as if the exercise is having a negative impact on the candidate the test will be stopped. b. Following exercise the candidate’s heart rate should fall.  We would expect to see the heart rate fall by 12 beats a minute over the 2 minute period.  If this fails to happen the candidate will not pass the aerobic assessment and will be advised to seek further assessment from a Doctor. c. Following exercise the candidate’s heart rate should fall below 120 beats per minute by the end of the 2 minute recovery period. If this fails to happen the candidate will not pass the assessment and will be advised to seek further assessment from a Doctor. 2 - Back Strength - Candidate will be required to achieve a lower back pull of 100kg using a machine. 3 - Grip Strength - The candidate has to achieve a grip strength of 31kg in their dominant hand and 30 kg in their non dominant hand. 4 - Flexibility - The candidate will be tested on hamstring / lower back flexibility.  The test will comprise of the candidate sitting on the floor, legs straight and being asked to touch their toes.  The candidate will be instructed on how to safely complete this assessment.
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