EKG/Stress Test

The cardiac stress test or "the submaximal treadmill evaluation" is used to evaluate aerobic capacity.  For incumbent firefighters, aerobic capacity is measured annually as part of the mandatory wellness exam.  The EKG is used as a screening tool for cardiac disease and disorders beginning at 40 years old incumbent firefighters, and is also conducted immediately before all cardiac stress tests.  For cadets, the cardiac stress test is used to evaluate aerobic capacity and screen for cardiac disease.  To be considered for entrance into the Training Academy, a minimum aerobic capacity of 12 Metabolic Equivalent Tasks (METS) is required.


Treadmill Evaluation