Fire Agility Testing
The purpose of the Physical Ability Test (PAT) is to insure the candidate/employee is physically capable of meeting the challenges inherent in the firefighting/rescue profession. Although not all-inclusive, the six phases of the testing replicate many of the physical demands placed on personnel during emergency operations. A maximum time limit is established to guarantee that the candidate/employee is physically capable of completing the tasks in a time frame consistent with fire ground expectations.
PAT Testing Rules
- Time Allotted for Completion: 12 minutes
- Firefighter Candidates: Candidates must wear a weighted vest during testing. Long pants, firefighting gloves, safety helmet and steel-toed shoes or boots must be worn. Turn-out gear is not required.
- No running is allowed during any portion of the test: Running is defined as anytime that both feet leave the ground at the same time. Running will result in immediate disqualification.
Event 1 - Stair Climb with High Rise Pack
Start at the base of the exterior stairwell with high-rise pack on either shoulder. On "start" command, proceed up 28 stairs to top floor. Stairs may be taken in multiples and handrail may be used. High-rise pack is to be dropped on floor at side opposite of top of stairwell.
- A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for dropping high-rise pack in the wrong location.
Event 2 - Hose Roll Hoist
Hoist hose roll up side of platform, 22 feet, using hand-over-hand method until roll clears top of guardrail and touches floor.
- A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for improper hoisting method.
Event 3 - Keiser Sled
Using the 9-pound (4-kilogram) shot mallet provided, the candidate must drive the sled; a 160-pound (72.5-kilogram) steel beam a horizontal distance of 5-foot (1.5 meters). Pushing, raking or hooking the beam is not allowed; only the head of the mallet is allowed to strike the beam. The handle must not come in contact with the beam at any time.
- A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for every inch that the sled is short of the end of the tray.
Event 4 - Slalom Walk
After completing the Keiser Sled, the candidate shall walk a total of 150 feet around the smoke tower while properly traversing six traffic cones. The candidate must pass the proper side of each cone.
- A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for each cone that the candidate travels around in the wrong direction.
Event 5 - Hose Drag
The candidate shall drag a charges 13/4-inch hose 75 feet and open the nozzle striking a hinged target. The target must fold before the candidate can proceed.
- A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for not crossing the finish line before opening the nozzle. A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for not folding the target before continuing.
Event 6 - Victim Rescue
A 175-pound Rescue Randy mannequin must be dragged backwards a distance of 100-foot Carrying the dummy is not permitted. The mannequin must not be grasped by its clothing or appendages. Time stops when the candidate and victim completely cross the finish line.
- A 2-second penalty shall be assessed for each foot that the mannequin’s feet do not cross the finish line.