CPAT Details

CPAT Details2019-04-29T19:10:00+00:00

Participants in the CPAT must navigate eight separate events on a closed course within a span of 10 minutes and 20 seconds. Each event simulates a physical skill or function that firefighters experience on the job.

  • Stair Climb
  • Hose Drag
  • Equipment Carry
  • Ladder Raise and Extension
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search
  • Rescue Drag
  • Ceiling Breach and Pull

During the test, candidates wear a helmet, gloves and 50-lb weighted vests, designed to simulate the weight of firefighter personal protective equipment. For the stair climb – the first event – candidates will don an additional 25-lb weight, to simulate the carrying of a hose pack into a high-rise fire.

Candidates will be accompanied by a test proctor, who will call out directions for the test events and score the candidate’s success in real time.

Each event must be completed exactly as prescribed – if a candidate fails any component of the test, they will fail the entire test. Candidates also fail if they do not complete the eight events within the 10-minute, 20-second time limit.

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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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