When the IAFF/IAFC Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Task Force (WFI Task Force) first met in December 1996, the WFI Task Force agreed, in part, to address the issue of physical performance in the fire service. The resulting Candidate Physical Ability Test Program (CPAT) was developed to provide fire departments with a tool that would enable them to select inherently physically capable individuals to be trained as fire fighters.

CPAT Details

Participants in the CPAT must navigate eight separate events on a closed course within a span of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.


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Preparation for the CPAT

Like firefighting, the key to success in the CPAT is preparation.

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Day of the Test

On test day, you will be required to show proper government-issued identification. For the safety of candidates and proctors, a strict dress code is enforced.

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