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Can you mandate physical capability tests?

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  • Can you mandate physical capability tests?

    So I am on a department that is a majority of volunteers. Me being in as good of shape as i am and compete in the scott firefighter combat challenge. I am very worried that there is a majority of the people on my department that can not perform the necessary functions that is required with being a firefighter.

    We get new people on our department and we do NO form of physical screening the make sure they can perform as needed and directed. I have been trying to push our department to be more active and getting in better shape but nobody wants anything to do with it. I dont think they realize that the vast majority of firefighter deaths are volunteers..

    So i guess my question is this.. Is it LEGAL to mandate a physical capability test ? and if so is it Legal in the state of Nebraska?

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    I know this thread is old but I figured give an answer anyways. I don't know the laws for Nebraska but I don't see why it would be illegal. You are allowed to set your own standards. While NFPA standards are not required to be followed, they typically do not make laws that contradict them. Check out NFPA 1582 (medical program standards) and NFPA 1583 (Health Related Fitness Program).

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      Any physical standard will have to be directly related to job performance. And you will have to prove it if challenged. Otherwise it could be seen as gender-based discrimination.

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