WCT: Work Capacity Test

Summer Fire School

Ben Webster

State Wildland Fire Supervisor
Missouri Department of Conservation


  • Start: 6:00 P.M., Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • End: 7:00 P.M., Thursday, May 30, 2019
• Participants will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire and provide base line physical information prior to having the test administered.
• 1 Hour
Early Registration
Late Registration

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.