The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) - Considering a career as a fire fighter? Take the CPAT to see if you are physically able to perform tasks required of fire fighters.
Register for a Test:
For additional information on upcoming assessments or registration, please contact us at (203) 235-5865.
|Type||Date||Time||Location||Registration Deadline||Test Fee|
|CPAT Challenge Test||October 14, 2023||8:30 AM||Q-River Complex-North Haven||October 7, 2023||$165||Register|
|CPAT Challenge Test||October 16, 2023||8:30 AM||Q-River Complex-North Haven||October 10, 2023||$165||Register|
|CPAT Challenge Test||October 26, 2023||8:30 AM||Q-River Complex-North Haven||October 19, 2023||$165||Register|
|CPAT Challenge Test||November 2, 2023||8:30 AM||Q-River Complex-North Haven||October 24, 2023||$165||Register|
What the CPAT involves
This is a pass/fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
1. Stair Climb
This event uses a StepMill stair climbing machine. The machine is positioned with one side up against a wall and an elevated proctor platform on the side opposite the wall. A single handrail on the wall side is available for you to grasp while mounting and dismounting the StepMill. Additional steps are placed at the base of the StepMill to assist you in mounting the StepMill.
2. Hose Drag
This event uses an uncharged fire hose with a hoseline nozzle. The hoseline is marked at 8 feet (2.24 m) past the coupling at the nozzle to indicate the maximum amount of hose you are permitted to drape across your shoulder or chest. The hoseline is also marked at 50 feet (15.24 m) past the coupling at the nozzle to indicate the amount of hoseline that you must pull into a marked boundary box before completing the test.
2. Equipment Carry
This event uses two saws and a tool cabinet replicating a storage cabinet on a fire truck.
4. Ladder Raise & Extension
This event uses two 24-foot (7.32-m) fire department ladders. For your safety, a retractable lanyard is attached to the ladder that you raise.
5. Forcible Entry
This event uses a mechanized device located 39 inches (1 m) off the ground that measures cumulative force and a 10-pound (4.54-kg) sledgehammer.
This event uses an enclosed search maze that has obstacles and narrowed spaces.
This event uses a weighted mannequin equipped with a harness with shoulder handles.
8. Ceiling Breach & Pull
This event uses a mechanized device that measures overhead push and pull forces and a pike pole. The pike pole is a commonly used piece of equipment that consists of a 6-foot long pole with a hook and point attached to one end.
General Test Information
- In these events, you wear a 50-pound (22.68-kg) vest to simulate the weight of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and fire fighter protective clothing. An additional 25 pounds (11.34 kg), using two 12.5-pound (5.67-kg) weights that simulate a high-rise pack (hose bundle), is added to your shoulders for the stair climb event.
- Throughout all events, you must wear long pants, a hard hat with chin strap, work gloves and footwear with no open heel or toe. Watches and loose or restrictive jewelry are not permitted.
- All props were designed to obtain the necessary information regarding your physical ability. The tools and equipment were chosen to provide the highest level of consistency, safety and validity in measuring your physical abilities. A schematic drawing of the CPAT is included in this orientation material; however, the course layout may vary in order to conform to the fire department's test area.
- The events and distances between events are always the same. The events are placed in a sequence that best simulates fire scene events while allowing an 85-foot (25.91-m) walk between events.
- To ensure the highest level of safety and to prevent exhaustion, no running is allowed between events. This walk allows you approximately 20 seconds to recover and regroup before each event. To ensure scoring accuracy by eliminating timer failure, two stopwatches are used to time the CPAT. One stopwatch is designated as the official test time stopwatch, the second is the backup stopwatch. If mechanical failure occurs, the time on the backup stopwatch is used. The stopwatches are set to the pass/fail time and count down from 10 minutes and 20 seconds. If time elapses prior to the completion of the test, the test is concluded and you fail the test.
What You Need On the Day of the Test
In order to participate in the CPAT, you must bring on form of photo ID. Any of these are accepted:
- Drivers license
- Government-issued photo identification
- Military photo identification
- Current passport
- Candidates are required to wear long pants or sweatpants.
- Closed toe / heel shoes MUST be worn.
- Watches and loose or restrictive jewelry are NOT permitted.
Medical and Waiver Forms
All forms must be printed out, signed and brought with you on the day of the test.