Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test(CPAT) is MANDATORY to advance in almost every fire department's hiring process after application submission and written test. Do not pass go do not collect $200. CPAT certificates are valid for (1) year after issue date. We accept external agency's CPAT certificates pending validation.
Here are a few good CPAT books:
- Mastering the CPAT: A Comprehensive Guide
- Secret to CPAT, How to Pass / Home Guide
- The Fire Athlete Fitness Program - The Revolutionary Firefighter Workout Program Designed to Transform You into a ''Fire Athlete''
- Get Firefighter Fit: The Complete Workout from the Former Director of the New York City Fire Department Physical Training Program
List of the CPAT Stations:
- Stair Climb (climbing stairs while carrying an additional 25 lb. simulated hose pack)
- Ladder Raise and Extension (placing a ground ladder at the fire scene 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)
What happens when a reporter takes the Candidate Physical Ability Test? With very little training she made a strong go of the CPAT, but the endurance required quickly took its' toll!
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