State Wildland Fire Supervisor
Missouri Department of Conservation
• Participants will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire and provide base line physical information prior to having the test administered.
• 1 Hour
The Work Capacity Test (WCT) is required annually of all personnel who will be serving in wildland or prescribed fire positions that require a fitness level. The currency for the WCT is 12 months. The WCT will be administered for the “arduous” work category; which requires carrying a 45-pound pack three (3) miles in 45 minutes or less. Forty-five pound packs will be provided.
- Participants in the Work Capacity Test must be pursuing a “Red Card” for the 2019 fire season.
- Individuals who have not been involved in regular physical activity are at an elevated risk for cardiovascular complications during exertion. They should not begin training for a work capacity test until they have participated in a gradual transition from inactivity to regular physical activity. Previously sedentary individuals should engage in 4 or more weeks of moderate activity (walking 30 to 60 minutes, 3 to 5 days per week) before they begin more vigorous training for a test.
- Please arrive at 1800 hours to prepare for the 45 minute test and to receive a briefing. The test will be held at Stankowski Field, 801 Tiger Avenue, Columbia, Missouri, 65212.