Physical Ability Test

This Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) consists of eight separate events:

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This is a pass/fail test and must be completed withing 10 minutes and 20 seconds. In these events, the candidate wears a 50-pound vest to simulate the weight of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and firefighter protective clothing. An additional 25 pounds, that simulate a high-rise pack (hose bundle), is added to the shoulders for the stair climb event. Throughout all events, the participant must wear long pants, a hard hat with chin strap, work gloves and footwear with no open heel or toe. Watches and loose or restrictive jewelry are not permitted. The events are placed in a sequence that best simulates fire scene events while allowing an 85-foot walk between events. To ensure the highest level of safety and to prevent exhaustion, no running is allowed between events. This walk allows approximately 20 seconds to recover and regroup before each event.

Before the Test:
  • Must present valid identification
  • Will need to sign a number of forms including:
    • Waiver
    • Release form
    • Sign-in form
  • Will be provided an opportunity to review a video detailing the CPAT and the failure points
  • It is the candidate's responsibility to ask questions if any part of the test events or procedures are not understood

After the Test
At the conclusion of the CPAT, the candidate must sign the CPAT Evaluation Form and complete and sign the Rehabilitation Form. Failure to complete and sign any of these forms results in failure of the CPAT.