In order to become a firefighter, you must meet all requirements needed including the firefighter physical ability test or also known as CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) that has been specially engineered and approved by the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters). From this test, the fire department will review your physical condition and abilities as one of potential firefighter candidates, therefore, it’s really important for you to not just pass but do really well this exam.
However, based on our researches, not all fire departments conduct real CPAT test, because it comes back to the department itself. They have to meet all requirements for the test set by IAFF which include preparation time and training for all potential candidates. We strongly suggest you to take these opportunities seriously, it can be said firefighter physical ability test would be your hardest and toughest physical test you’ve even taken. Good thing about completing CPAT test would be most fire departments will accept your validated CPAT testing completion form although it is taken by other fire departments. In this way, you only need to take one test a year in order to use the completion form to apply to several fire departments.
From this point, you probably wonder, what will you actually do during firefighter physical ability test? You might think that you can prepare yourself before taking this exam by doing routine exercises such as weight lifting, push-ups, etc. Well, those exercises help, however, firefighter physical ability test will put your body to test for twisting, bending, running while carrying heavy weights, and many more.
There are 8-Firefighter Physical Ability Test that you need to complete where during these tests, all firefighter candidates must wear firefighter equipment such as helmet, gloves, long pants, shoes with no open toes, and also a 50 pound vest to simulate the weight of their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Firefighter physical ability test requires you to progress from event to event from a predetermined path. Each station is separated by 85ft and in order to minimize exhaustion, you are not allowed to run between each event.