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Candidates must watch the CPAT orientation video (found at PRIOR to arriving for the CPAT test.

Full CPAT Manual can be found at

Please, download and read the CPAT Orientation details.

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) was developed as a fair and valid evaluation tool to assist in the selection of fire fighters, and to ensure that all fire fighter candidates possess the physical ability to complete critical tasks effectively and safely.

During the entire test the candidate must wear a 50 lb. weighted vest (simulating the weight of a fire fighters protective clothing and equipment). The eight events, which must be completed within the “cut off” time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds. are:
  • Stair Climb (climbing stairs while carrying an additional 25 lb. simulated hose pack),
  • Ladder Raise and Extension (placing a ground ladder and extending the ladder to the roof or a window),
  • Hose Drag (stretching uncharged hoselines, advancing lines),
  • Equipment Carry (removing and carrying equipment from fire apparatus to fireground),
  • Forcible Entry (penetrating a locked door, breaching a wall) and
  • Search (crawling through dark unpredictable areas to search for victims).
  • Rescue Drag (removing victim or partner from a fire building),
  • Ceiling Pull (locating fire and checking for fire extension).

***Do Not Wear Shorts For The Test. Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Late arrivals may not be allowed to test.***

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