IAFF Local Indianapolis Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 416
District 8
Department Indianapolis Fire Department
Members 1,970 All Career
Contact Information Kim Robinson



In 1978, members of Indianapolis Local 416 attended a Wellness-Fitness Symposium in San Francisco, returning to recommend the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD)start a fitness program. In 1979, the IFD appointed its first fitness coordinator and began investigating what other fire departments were doing. That same year, the IFD began conducting fitness assessments on all sworn personnel. This included body composition, aerobic capacity, grip strength and flexibility. In 1980, the IFD began a pilot program, two times per week, for recruit training. The IFD contracted with the YMCA to conduct the fitness testing for new hires, but was also under the supervision of the IFD fitness coordinator. In 1981-1982, the IFD developed and implemented a department agility test, which eventually became its hiring agility test.

In 1989-1990, the IFD began contracting to what is now Public Safety Medical Services (PSMS) for all wellness-fitness. In 1996, it began working with the IAFF and IAFC in the development of the Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI). In 1998, the IFD fully implemented the WFI and began using the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). In 2003, the IFD implemented the newly introduced IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) program, certifying six individuals. The IFD currently has 21 certified PFTs.

In 2004, the IFD revised its agility test by creating and validating what is currently the Work Performance Evaluation (WPE). This test is currently undergoing a revamping and revalidation.


Facility Contracted - Public Safety Medical Services
Physician Contracted - Dr. Moffatt
Additional Staff  
Exam Frequency Annual
Exam Details See attached document



Duties Recruit Fitness

CPAT Mentoring/Proctor

Incumbent Work Performance Evaluations

Incumbent fitness programming

Exercise Time

SOG being updated

Exercise Program Crossfit preparation program/Crossfit on-ramp
Equipment Cardiovascular/Strength training/Functional training equipment
Nutrition Contracted - Public Safety Medical Services Dietician

Exercise Prescription Flowchart

Fitness Standards

Wellness Fitness Flow Chart

Work Performance Order


Method Contracted - Public Safety Medical Services
Modified/Light Duty Yes, as needed

Behavioral Health

EAP Contracted - White River Psychology
Stress Management


Cost Justification

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Data Collection

Method Contracted - Public Safety Medical Services

Medical Information System

Data Collected Medical/Fitness data collection since 2000


Fire Act Grant Application


Case Management Flow Chart