Fit for duty: Emergency Services

Fit for Duty helps to determine whether workers have the requisite physical capacity to safely perform job roles. Without this capacity, workers (whether they are salaried or volunteers) are putting themselves at risk, their colleagues at risk, and the community at risk. In the emergency services, Fit for Duty applies to the testing and physical training programs for both recruits and incumbents. This is where we come in.

The development or amendment of Fit for Duty programs requires a quality scientific approach. We’re here to ensure organisations are implementing the right Fit for Duty tests and standards for their needs. When the right Fit for Duty programs are established, there are many benefits for the organisation. These include the following:

  • Decreased injury risk for workers;
  • Increased productivity;
  • Improved compliance with fair work legislation;
  • Improved compliance with discrimination legislation;
  • Improved compliance with occupational health and safety legislation;
  • Improved compliance with employer obligations; and
  • Reduced insurance premiums.

Services we deliver

Different emergency service agencies have different Fit for Duty needs. At Human Performance Science, we offer a range of services based on those needs and where the agency currently fits in the cycle of developing physical testing or training programs.


There is a lot of scientific information to understand in the context of Fit for Duty. We’re here to provide this information in a ‘real world’ and practical manner. We are able to provide this information through seminars, workshops or private consultation.