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Stress and Environmental Physiology


International Journal of Exercise Science 16(7): 230-241, 2023. Objective: This study examined the similarities in metabolic and physiological demands of a fire ground test (FGT) and a live fire training evolution. Methods: Twenty-seven firefighters completed either a FGT (n = 13) or a live fire training evolution (n = 14). Salivary samples were collected pre, immediately post, and 30-minutes post FGT and live fire training evolution, and analyzed for cortisol, uric acid, and interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Heart rate (HR) was measured pre- and post-task. Results: Both tasks resulted in significant elevations in cortisol, IL-1β, and HR. Conclusions: Both the FGT and live fire training evolution appear to result in similar metabolic and physiological demands. Further work may expand upon the additional elements (i.e., added heat) of the live fire training evolution. Fire departments may consider incorporating a variety of high intensity training to prepare personnel for these occupational demands.